UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis is now set to take on former title challenger and popular knockout artist Francis Ngannou. With that in mind, “The Black Beast” has come forward with some critical words on his upcoming opponent.
Lewis and Ngannou are set to face off on the highly anticipated fight card of UFC 226. The live pay-per-view event will take place July 7 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Speaking on the latest edition of The MMA Hour, Lewis offered his thoughts on his upcoming opponent. Check it out below:
“Even though we’re going to sell pay-per-views, we’re not going to get a piece of the pie, though. That’s what I don’t like about it. But I think they will give Francis a piece of the pie. There has to be a a negotiation reason why he didn’t (initially) sign the contract they tried to give him to fight me.
“I guess that’s why they were going back and forth. I guess he got what he wanted. If I were in his position, number one fighter and don’t have nothing to lose to fighting the guy who is ranked number six, as opposed to just sitting for the title; I’m sure he thinks he got them where he wanted. He can ask them for anything right now, he’s the number one guy. It’s just my opinion, how I feel. It’s something I would do, but I would not be a jerk about it. That’s the type of guy he is. I’m sure he was (being a jerk).”