‘Clap Them Cheeks’- Derrick Lewis Wants a ‘Piece Of’ Alistair Overeem Before He Retires From UFC

Published 02/18/2021, 10:58 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 07: Derrick Lewis poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC heavyweight, Derrick Lewis, spoke to the media ahead of his main event feature fight against Curtis Blaydes. The bout serves as a placeholder fight and comes in as an opportunity to seal a future title shot. There’s sure to be a long wait for the said title shot, and both men want to put in solid work.

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‘The Black Beast’ fought for the title once back at UFC 230 against Daniel Cormier and was submitted via RNC. He’s worked his way back to a slot wherein he’s legitimately a threat to the top divisional heavyweights. Moreover, the Houston native has KO’s over several contenders and he’s got his eyes on the biggest fights out there.

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Derrick Lewis aims for his next target

Lewis was at his comedic best while speaking to the media ahead of his upcoming fight. He made sure to put in a call-out of someone he hasn’t fought yet in the UFC. Chiefly, he took aim at decorated heavyweight striker, Alistair Overeem, in one of his most hilarious call-outs yet. However, there’s undoubtedly some heat simmering between the two heavyweights below the surface.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 08: Derrick Lewis reacts after his knockout over Aleksei Oleinik of Russia in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 08, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“I really did wanted to fight before the year was over with kinda. Just because I really wanted to fight Overeem before he fought again because Overeem’s been talking a lot of smack. Like I’m telling everybody, I don’t talk trash to fighters and calling them out this and that. Whenever I hear them talking trash to me, then I say something back.”

“Other than that I’m not worried about what’s going on with UFC fighters I’m not keeping up with these guys…if Overeem watching this, you still got it, so do not hang them up yet because I really want a piece of that. Clap them cheeks, no homo.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands kicks Alexander Volkov of Russia in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Derrick Lewis clearly feels a certain way about ‘The Demolition Man’ and wants to fight him even though he’s fresh off a loss. Not to mention, he’s got his hands full with a fighter who offers a totally different style to Overeem.

Razor’ Blaydes hasn’t lost to anyone except Francis Ngannou at the very top, and Lewis can stamp his golden ticket with a statement win. However, an Overeem vs Lewis fight would be captivating, to say the least. Should the UFC book it?

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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