After getting his train derailed by Mark Hunt, Derrick Lewis wasted no time announcing his retirement… which was a bit befuddling, because he was on track as a top heavyweight destined for a shot at the belt.
Well, apparently he isn’t retiring after all.
Lewis appeared on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” yesterday to rap about it.
“That’s one of the reasons why I said I wanted to retire,” Lewis admitted, “because whenever I go into a fight, I’m already thinking about some evil type stuff, and it was really affecting my household. So I was like, I just need some time off a little bit, try to work on my relationship with my family and stuff like that. And just by fighting all the time like that, it just put me in a bad mood all the time. And it just felt that stepping away for a little bit would be the best thing to do.”
As for the Hunt fight, Lewis simply chalks the loss up as a product of the game. While the result may have set back his title hopes, the 32-year-old heavyweight knows he still has plenty of time to achieve what he wants to do in the sport.
“It was still a good fight though. It was something that I expected, a tough fight. I didn’t want an easy fight, I wanted a tough fight, so I got what I wanted,” Lewis said.
“It’s just a learning lesson. Like a lot of people have said, it’s not a bad loss to lose to Mark Hunt, so it’s really like a learning lesson. I know what I need to do to get prepared for my next battle.”