Derrick Lewis wants to rematch Francis Ngannou

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UFC Heavyweight knockout artist Derrick Lewis says that he is very much interested in a rematch with Francis Ngannou at some point in his career.

Derrick Lewis (25-7 MMA, 16-5 UFC), No.2 in the heavyweight rankings, recently put himself near the front of the title queue when he scored a “Knockout of the Year” contender over Curtis Blaydes at UFC Fight Night 185.

The first meeting between Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou will stand out as one of the great MMA disappointments of the 2010s. Arguably the two heaviest-handed men in the history of the division faced off, and … it was terrible. A total of 31 significant strikes were landed across 15 minutes, and very few of them were punches to the face. Nothing happened really, but Lewis threw a few more kicks, so he scored the unanimous decision win.

Despite the win, Lewis is interested in running it back and delivering better performance. On The Joe Rogan Experience, Lewis explained that he hoped “The Predator” would win the belt, setting up a championship rematch between two.

“Yes for sure (we need a rematch),” Lewis said (transcription via MMAJunkie). “I’ve got to get that one (again). Yeah (I would like him next).”

Derrick Lewis wants to stay active

Under normal circumstances, Lewis would be fighting for the belt next. However, with the current champion, Stipe Miocic set to rematch Francis Ngannou on March 27 at UFC 260, and Jon Jones expected to challenge the winner of that fight, “The Black Beast” could be looking at a long break if he was to hold out for a title shot.

That’s not part of Lewis’ plan, though. He has one fight remaining on his UFC contract and, once he’s able to finalize an extension, told UFC commentator Joe Rogan on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast that he wants to get right back to work.

“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 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.”

As the most active heavyweight on the UFC roster over the past half-decade, Lewis, 36, already has shared the octagon with almost every top name in the weight class. The list of logical options is limited, but Ciryl Gane is a fresh contender who has yet to be paired up with Lewis.

Gane (8-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) is coming off the main event win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik in February, and despite it being a weird fight, the unanimous decision put him in the upper tier of the division. If the UFC wants to keep giving him steps up, Derrick said he would happily oblige by putting his spot on the line.

“It all depends,” he said. “I don’t know how the UFC wants to build up that Ciryl Gane guy or if they want to get him in there in the mix right away.

“I started getting tagged in the fight (clips on social media) because they said (Gane vs. Rozenstruik) still wasn’t worse than me and Francis. I’m like, ‘Damn. OK. Sh*t.’”

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