Derrick Lewis has been collecting those wins steadily in the Octagon, and in an anemic heavyweight division short on stars, he could be poised for greatness and glory. But despite all he’s done thus far, it seems like another heavyweight has been getting the big promotional push as of late, and that heavyweight is Francis Ngannou.
But Lewis is cool with that, and even understands why it may be the case. As per “The MMA Hour”:
He hopes to be challenging for a title “by the end of Christmas” this year, and while Ngannou may not have a top-three standing in the UFC’s media-generated rankings, the UFC marketing machine is beginning to get behind Ngannou, as the Frenchman is already scheduled to have his own media day during UFC 209 fight week.
“The only reason why he’s doing that is because he’s a clean-cut guy,” Lewis said. “He talks right to the media. He ain’t like me. I speak my mind too much, and the UFC probably don’t really like that. But I really don’t care.”