Top Heavyweight contender Ciryl Gane has accepted the callout from former UFC title challenger Derrick Lewis.
Derrick Lewis is coming off of a KO win over Curtis Blaydes at UFC Fight Night 185. It was a brutal KO as Blaydes was winning the fight till that point and then Derrick Lewis landed a hard uppercut that knocked out Blaydes.
Following his victory, Derrick Lewis called out Ciryl Gane as Ngannou is busy preparing for the title shot against Stipe Miocic taking place this weekend. Lewis didn’t want to sit around and was ready to take on Ciryl Gane.
“For me, I want to stay active,” Lewis told Rogan. “I don’t want to be waiting around to fight anyone, because I’m not young like I used to (be). So I don’t want to wait around and fight for the title or wait around to fight a certain opponent. I want to fight anyone who is ready.
“I know my window of time is closing to make money. I don’t have that much time left to make money, so I don’t want to just sit around.” Lewis said.
Ciryl Gane accepts challenge from Derrick Lewis
In an interview with MMAJunkie, Ciryl Gane said that he was happy to take on Derrick Lewis. Ciryl Gane is coming off of a win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC Fight Night 186.
“If the fight (Lewis) is going to be OK for the contract, I think I’d like to finish the fight before the end,” Ciryl Gane told MMA Junkie. “Of course, because I know it’s good to finish the fight, but it’s better to finish the fight before the end. So if I can, I’m gonna do it.”
While Gane is confident of his changes against Derrick Lewis, he knows how dangerous the Houston native is.
“You see the fight between Curtis and Derrick one week before? Blaydes, if he didn’t (shoot) too much with the wrestling, probably he would win the fight,” Gane said. “But he did just one mistake to go in front of Derrick Lewis and he did just one uppercut and he finished the fight. For me, the people say, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!’ but I don’t want to do the same game like Curtis Blaydes. It’s a little bit of a shame.” (H/T- MMAJunkie.com)
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