Derrick Lewis is known as someone to speak his mind.
And he did not shy away from his ways now that he has his next fight lined up. It should be noted that this fight almost didn’t get booked. The reason for that is due to the fact that Lewis announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) following his loss to Mark Hunt earlier this year.
However, Lewis changed his mind and decided to continue his MMA career as he is set to return to action as he is set to fight former UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum at UFC 216.
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For a brief history lesson. Hunt went on record by saying that he was interested in fighting Werdum. However, the UFC decided to go in a different direction by booking Lewis against Werdum, who is a jiu-jitsu specialist.
This fight decision did not sit well with Hunt as he went to social media to voice his opinion about the fight and blast Werdum for being a “filthy coward dog.”
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Lewis recently spoke with Ariel Helwani of The MMA Hour, and during that interview, he was asked about the fight and according to Lewis, Werdum hand-picked him as an opponent. He thinks that the UFC thought it would be an easier path to the win column.
“I was surprised because I heard Mark Hunt asked for Fabricio and Fabricio said, basically, that he didn’t want to fight him,” said Derrick during a recent interview on The MMA Hour (transcript courtesy of MMA Mania.
“I guess that same week, they called me and said Fabricio wanted to fight me. He hand-picked me. I guess he thinks I’m the easier fighter because of the way I performed against Mark.”
“It don’t matter, I’ve been underestimated my whole career. Guys don’t believe in my skills and stuff like that. I don’t care. I’m going to go out there and show him what’s up,” added Lewis.
With Hunt not getting his way, he went ahead and accepted to fight Marcin Tybura in the main event of UFC Fight Night 121 on Nov. 18. The event will air live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
On the flip side, UFC 216 is set to take place on October 7th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The preliminary card will air on the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, as well as FOX Sports 1. The main card will be broadcasted on PPV. The main event for the upcoming show has yet to be officially announced.
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