Derrick Lewis picked up his fifth straight win at UFC Fight Night 105, annihilating Travis Browne in round two of their headlining bout in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada a few weeks ago (see it again here).
Afterward, the big question was who “Black Beast” would take on next, as the hard-hitting brawler continues his ascension up the Heavyweight rankings and closer to a shot at the title.
The popular vote seems to be a showdown against fellow rising big man, Francis Ngannou — who has won nine in a row — to see which up-and-comer takes the next leap into possible title contention.
“Yeah I will fight him, He’s real good. This is America, you know they like to see black on black crime, they thrive on that, they love that. I’ll give it to them, yeah.”
Still, while Derrick isn’t opposed to a bout against “The Predator,” he ultimately wants a “tougher challenge,” as he eyes a possible scrap against longtime veteran Mark Hunt.
“Me and him (Francis) are fight close to each other (in the rankings) so I would like to fight someone that’s more of a challenge. I believe Mark Hunt is more of a challenge,” added Lewis. “Me beating Francis is not really going to boost my stats or get me closer to the belt. He hasn’t fought the tops guys yet, just one guy, but he is running through guys.”
Interestingly enough, Ngannou is ranked two spots ahead of Hunt on the official rankings, and one ahead of Lewis, but it seems “Black Beast” wants a more-established name in the sport to catapult himself into title contention.
Of course, Hunt has his hands full at the moment, as he is scheduled to face Alistair Overeem at this weekend’s (Sat., March 4, 2017) UFC 209 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For more on that hard-hitting heavyweight showdown click here.
Should the “Super Samoan” pick up a win, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to see Lewis vs. Hunt. Heck, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to see Overeem vs. Lewis, either.