Derrick Lewis Interested in Future Jon Jones Match-Up

Published 03/14/2021, 9:29 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Lewis reacts after his knockout victory over 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 Derrick Lewis sat down with Joe Rogan on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ in a highly anticipated podcast appearance. Fans as well as Joe Rogan himself has been wanting Derrick Lewis to put his affable personality on full display. ‘The Black Beast’ has quite the animated personality inside and outside the cage, and fans can never get enough.

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Lewis’ stock is at an all-time high as he’s coming off a massive victory over Curtis Blaydes in his last outing. The devastating uppercut KO win sent ‘Razor’ Blaydes to sleep instantly, and Lewis moved closer to gold.

He’s already actualized a title shot once before; however, he feels like he’s finally ready to make good on his UFC run.

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Chiefly, Joe Rogan asked Derrick Lewis to share his views on possibly facing Jon Jones now that he’s moved up to heavyweight. ‘The Black Beast’ obliged and provided a deep dive into the possible game plan that Jones might go with.

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)

“It’s good [Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight]…I picture myself fighting him one day and I kind of know what his game plan would be if he ever faced me. He would try to attack the legs a lot. I don’t think he really tries to take me down. He’ll try to keep his distance, then try to stay away.”

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Additionally, Lewis also broke down why he believes that Jones wouldn’t try to enter into close range with him. Derrick Lewis has frightening power in both his hands and could certainly turn off the lights at any given moment.

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Not to mention, Lewis also spoke out on Jones’ weight as it stands during his preparation for his heavyweight debut.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 03: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (L) celebrates his win over Daniel Cormier (R) in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I don’t think so [Jones trying to take Lewis down]. I would love for a guy to get this close to me. I believe that’s their downfall when they get that close. I don’t think he should try to gain any more weight though. I think his walk-around weight is good enough. I believe he walks around at 240, 235, something like that. I don’t think he should keep trying to gain weight or bulk up as much as he thinks he should.”

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Fans are excited to see Jones finally make his debut at heavyweight after several years of teasing a move-up. He’s already become the consensus GOAT in MMA, and a heavyweight world title to add to his run would be spectacular. However, he’s certainly got a murderous row to go through in terms of fellow contenders.

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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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