Derrick Lewis ‘wants to get his fans their money back’ from Ciryl Gane loss by beating Stipe Miocic as heavyweight KO artist calls out dethroned champion
- Derrick Lewis demolished Chris Daukaus in the UFC’s final card last year
- Fan favourite is eyeing up a clash with ex-heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic
- He believes he would be a huge underdog and can thrive of lower pressure
Derrick Lewis wants to fight former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in what would be a blockbuster clash.
The fan favourite secured a devastating victory over Chris Daukaus on the last event in 2021 and heads into the new year with momentum behind him.
It was significant for Lewis to return to the win column having suffered a KO defeat by interim champion Ciryl Gane last August.
Derrick Lewis (left) knocked out Chris Daukaus (right) on December 18 last year
Lewis was delighted to get back to winning ways having been stopped by Ciryl Gane
He has now reflected that he piled on too much pressure for that encounter and feels a new lease of life, not expecting too much of himself.
He told The MMA Hour: ‘This last fight helped me. It was a big experience difference and I just wanted to finally go into a fight week and not put pressure on myself, and it felt great.
‘I plan on doing that for the rest of my career — just go out there and have fun. I feel like I don’t have to prove anything and that’s one of the reasons why I want to fight Stipe next.
‘I believe that would be a great matchup for the fans and for both of us. He’s more of a wrestler, and I’m more of a wrestler, too. So it would be a great, entertaining fight.’
The 36-year-old is a pay-per-view star and has the record for the most knockouts in UFC history with 13.
And he wants to repay those who lost money betting on him to beat Gane.
Lewis added: ‘I’ve fought just about everyone in the division in the top-10.
‘Miocic would be a new face, new blood, and I believe I’d be a heavy underdog in this fight. I can get my fans their money back from the Gane fight.’
Lewis is ranked third among the heavyweights with Miocic one spot above him as the No 2 contender.
And ‘The Black Beast’ said going through defeat last summer showed him who his real friends are.
Lewis is a wise veteran of the game now and has fought most of the top 10 heavyweights
‘I’ve got a lot of people rooting against me, a lot of family members, a lot of haters,’ Lewis explained.
‘I’ve got to use that energy to really push myself forward, so tat’s what I’ve been doing. After that fight [with Gane], I didn’t even have to change my number because nobody was hitting me up to go hang out, or this and that.
‘As soon as I win, everybody, and their mommy and daddy, uncles, cousins, everybody is calling me. Whenever I lose, nobody wants to talk to me, nobody wants to be around me. That’s fine with me.’
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