It is not uncommon for Derrick Lewis to specifically name someone. "Black Beast" usually doesn't show much interest in who his next opponent will be and leaves everything to promotion. However, Derrick Lewis is currently interested in one name, and that is Stipe Miočić.
Derrick Lewis had a good 2021. He knocked out Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukaus but lost the most important match, the one against Cyril Gane. The interim champion’s belt was a stake in that match, but Gane knocked out Derrick Lewis in the third round.
Derrick Lewis made a rather pale and disappointing performance, but the "Black Beast" claims that the victory over the Daukaus helped him to some extent to wash away the bitter taste of that defeat. However, he needs a match with Miočić to repay his fans, at least that's what he thinks.
'' The last match helped me. It was a big difference in experience, and I finally wanted to get into the week before the fight, without putting pressure on myself." "The feeling was great. I plan to keep doing this until the end of my career, just go there and enjoy it.
I don't think I have to prove anything anymore and that is one of the reasons why I want to fight Miočić in my next performance." "I believe it would be a great ‘matchup’ for the fans, but also for the two of us.
He’s kind of more of a grappler, but I’m more of a grappling oriented too. It would be a great, fun fight, '' said Derrick Lewis, who of course joked with a statement about grappling.
Derrick Lewis vs Stipe Miocic
In the continuation of the conversation with Ariel Helwani, Derrick Lewis further explained why he wants a match against our Miočić.
"I fought with almost everyone from the top 10. He (Miočić) would be a new face for me, new blood, and I believe that I would be a great outsider in that match. That way, I can give back to my fans the money they lost in my fight against Gane, '' Derrick Lewis explained.
By the way, Derrick Lewis closed 2021 for the UFC, breaking the record for the number of knockouts within the world's strongest MMA promotion. "Black Beast" knocked out Chris Daukaus on December 18 last year and thus reached his 13th knockout under the auspices of the UFC.
Stipe Miočić, on the other hand, fought only once last calendar year and lost to Francis Ngannou by knockout in the second round. Derrick Lewis is currently third in the standings, Miočić is second and given the overall situation in the heavyweight division and the planned debut of Jon Jones, it is likely that UFC matchmakers decide to pair Stipe Miočić and Derrick Lewis.