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Derrick Lewis Doesn’t Care About Getting a Title Shot

May 15, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Derrick Lewis spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110. Some highlights are below:

On fighting in New Zealand when he wanted a Croatia fight: “I think I need to keep my mouth quiet. Because I think they heard me whenever I said that, and now they’re going to send me to the furthest place there is. I didn’t know anything about New Zealand at first, so they said New Zealand I said, ‘OK, something new.’ So I come to find out (Wednesday) that it’s going to be wintertime. I thought it was going to be hot. Now I have to pack extra, brah – keep myself warm. I don’t think I’m going to like it too much.”

On facing Hunt: “It’s one of the fights that I wanted, because I just knew Mark is going to come out and bang. He’s not going to try to hold me. He’s not going to try to run from me or anything like that, he’s just going to come forward. And coming forward, like he does, is going to make it an entertaining fight.”

On a possible title shot if he wins: “I don’t care about the belt. The reason why I do want to fight for the belt is because that’s the guy who’s making all the money right now. So, if I never fight for the belt, I never get it, I don’t care. I’m not doing it for the top 10, I’m not trying to be the best fighter in the world. I’m not trying to be the prettiest fighting style out there. It ain’t nothing like that. I’m just doing it for the money. And just to take care of my family, that’s about it.”

On Francis Ngannou calling him slow: “That’s fine. That’s what everybody says. I’m a heavyweight. Just get up in there and whip me. He’s one of the guys I want to fight next, if everything goes good with Hunt. Him, (Junior dos Santos), Cain (Velasquez), I even want in with the guys for the belt.”

On a possible fight with Junior Dos Santos: “I want to fight (Dos Santos), yeah. I don’t care if he’s coming off a loss. Just like Mark Hunt is coming off a loss, I don’t care, I’ll fight him. I’m not worried about fighting for the belt. If they pay me good money, yeah I’ll fight for the belt. Other than that, I don’t care.”

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