Derrick Lewis admits that Stipe Miocic should have got title shot at UFC 230 3 years ago

Derrick Lewis admits that Stipe Miocic should have got title shot at UFC 230

It has been a whirlwind couple of days for Derrick Lewis...

The "Black Beast" competed at UFC 229 in a barn burner of a fight with Alexander Volkov. Lewis found himself behind on the scorecards for the vast majority of the fight after getting hurt by the Russian on a few occasions.


However, he showed true heart and determination to come back from the brink and knock Volkov out cold with only 11 seconds of the fight remaining.

Immediately following the fight, Lewis gave a memorable interview with Joe Rogan where he admitted to have taken off his fight shorts because "his balls was hot".


His win and subsequent interview was so memorable that Lewis gained over half a million Instagram followers as a result.

Social media followers is one thing, but a title shot is on a totally other level, and that's what the "Black Beast" has been awarded with after his win over Volkov.


He now gets a crack at heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 in Madison Square Garden.

Since the announcement of the fight, Lewis spoke with TMZ and confirmed that he doesn't believe he is yet ready for a crack at the title, citing (in typical Lewis fashion) that he can barely go three rounds, never mind five.


"Yeah they did, but I really don’t think I’m ready for the title shot, that’s 5-rounds and shit, I can barely go 3-rounds.

"I used to train 30-minutes a day whenever I trained, this camp I trained for an hour so I like better get my hours up in training."


Lewis then admitted that he felt former champion Stipe Miocic deserved the rematch with "DC" ahead of him getting a title shot.

"I don’t know why they don’t want to give it to Stipe. It’d been great for them to give it to Stipe than to me, but I appreciate them giving me the shot.

"I really believe that Stipe really deserves the shot, seeing as how he was the champion for a while, he defended that many times, and I guess dominant for a while.

"I don’t know why they gave it to me before they gave it to Stipe. Everyone else, whenever they lost their belt, they got a shot to win it back. I don’t know why they didn’t give it to Stipe, unless he wanted some time off."



It was a moment of complete honesty from Lewis, but you can't help but feel he is seeling himself a bit short considering that his last two wins have come against Francis Ngannou (albeit a boring fight) who challeneged Stipe for the belt, and Volkov who is a former Bellator world champion.

It will be a tough fight for Lewis none the less coming up against possible the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet in Daniel Cormier.