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UFC 230: Derrick Lewis not interested in being Daniel Cormier’s layover ahead of Brock Lesnar title fight

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Derrick Lewis may be hot, like his balls, but he’s not stupid.

The streaking Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender knows that Daniel Cormier is not going to risk his retirement paycheck against Brock Lesnar unless he’s 100-percent certain he can overthrow the “Black Beast.”

That’s probably why “DC” is entertaining the idea of headlining the upcoming UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) event, locked and loaded for Sat., Nov. 3, 2018 inside the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“It’s too early,” Lewis told MMA Junkie Radio. “I guess it would have to be (a large amount of money). Other than that, no. If they’re still trying to make the Brock thing work, what sense does it make for me to fight ‘DC’ before he fights Brock, unless they for sure think that ‘DC’ is going to beat me? Then ‘DC’ would still be there for Brock in January, if I were to fight ‘DC’ before him and Brock get it on.”

Lewis is fresh off his thrilling, come-from-behind victory over fellow contender Alexander Volkov at the UFC 229 event last weekend in Las Vegas (watch it), solidifying his No. 2 ranking in the heavyweight division.

As for Cormier, he’s been linked to a Jon Jones trilogy — at heavyweight — at the end of the year, though negotiations are currently at a standstill. I guess “DC” has some tough decisions to make now that his “gimme” fight has gone by the wayside.

Sorry, “Beast” fans.