‘He Makes Me Look Fat’- Derrick Lewis Explains His Jealousy Towards Francis Ngannou

Published 05/16/2021, 9:12 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Derrick Lewis punches Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC heavyweight fighter Derrick Lewis is one of the coolest guys when it comes to giving interviews. The fighter, in all likelihood, is heading towards a showdown with Francis Ngannou for the heavyweight title. A fighter, whom he already got the better off when they first met in 2018.

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Feb 19, 2017; Halifax, NS, Canada; Derrick Lewis (red gloves) reacts after defeating Travis Browne (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Scotiabank Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, he appeared for an interview during UFC 262 event and shared his thoughts on ‘The Predator’ and explained why he hates him.

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“Actually, I’m jealous. You got it a lot of here. I don’t really like guys that got here, you know,” he said.

“That’s one of the reasons (not liking Ngannou). And also he makes me look fat when I stand next to him, so f*ck him, f*ck Francis. He needs some pop eyes.”

‘The Black Beast’ further said he doesn’t like anyone. “I really don’t like none (any) of the guys here I fight. None of the guys in my division. Just because of the type of mindset that I go into each and every fight, I don’t want to be friends with any of them. So f*ck them.”

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Dana White is adamant about Derrick Lewis vs Francis Ngannou

White appeared for an interview recently, where he had no second thoughts on who is going to face Ngannou next, as Jones is not willing on current terms.

“What are you going to do? You can’t make the guy (Jones) fight,” he said.

“The reality is Derrick Lewis is really the No. 1 contender for the heavyweight championship right now. So it doesn’t matter if Jon Jones wants to fight or doesn’t want to fight.”

White also offered ‘Bones’ Jones a fight with the returning former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. But the former light heavyweight champion denied the fight in a series of now-deleted tweets.

“What you do is you do the fight with Derrick Lewis and Francis and then Stipe gets the winner,” White asserted after Jones’ denial for a fight with Miocic.

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Looks like Miocic is clearly the winner here as he will directly enter the titular bout on his impending return. As for Lewis, it’s a reward for his recent performances, including a four-fight win streak, most of which were dominating wins.

It will be interesting to see how things unfold in the division. There are various permutations and combinations which UFC needs to sort out before settling for the next matchups.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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