Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight power puncher, Derrick Lewis, probably thought he had that Francis Ngannou fight all locked up, now that “The Predator” returned from his short break and offered to silence “The Black Beast.”
Unfortunately for Lewis, fellow 265-pound slugger Mark Hunt might pull rank.
“Super Samoan” is one of the more popular fighters in hs weight class (proof) and already holds a knockout win over Lewis (video). While they’re still tied in the official rankings (see them here), matchmakers could decide who gets the nod based on event location.
Like here, for example.
“We’re looking to see if I can get Ngannou for August in Hawaii – that’d be great,” Hunt told Sporting News. “Or (Alexander) Volkov, who just beat Fabricio (Werdum), if he’s still available. I’ve already asked for a top-five guy before, but they didn’t give me anything, so I’m worried about what they’re gonna do.”
It could be up to Ngannou at this point.
“The Predator” (11-2) is coming off a five-round decision loss to division champion Stipe Miocic from last January, just as Hunt (13-12-1, 1 NC) is looking to rebound from his recent defeat, which came on the UFC 221 scorecards to surging contender Curtis Blaydes.
Lewis (19-5, 1 NC), meanwhile, got back into the win column by crushing Marcin Tybura in Austin.