Derrick Lewis "Picked" Mark Hunt For His Next Opponent

Danny Woods
June 11, 2017

Lewis on if his goal three years ago was to fight for the title: "That wasn't my main goal. I think it's going to be a great fight and may the best man win, not the best cheater".

I don't think Lewis has ever fought a striker of Hunt's caliber.

If the American can get the fight to the mat then it will be a long night Nguyen, or perhaps a short one.

"To be relevant in this division and to stay in contention I've got to beat Derrick Lewis so that's all that matters to me".

It has not overshadowed Sunday's event but his frustration was evident whenever the subject was raised and it's not hard to see why. Hunt is listed with a money line of +115 to pick up the victory.

A surprise knockout at the hands of Robert Whittaker, who now finds himself fighting for the interim title, was followed by a controversial defeat to a 42-year-old Anderson Silva in a bout that many expected to act as his coming out party.

Former WEC light-heavyweight champion and UFC analyst Brian Stann is not prepared to write off Hunt (12-11-1, 1NC) just yet. The "Super Samoan" doesn't have a great record, but is still a very risky fighter. Hunt is always risky, but I think Lewis will do a better job of dictating the pace and style of the fight.

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He takes on a man who was able to make the most of his chance to face a legend in his last fight.

"Alistair Overeem is really unique in that and you can't base that opinion for Mark to hang it up on that fight". "Game over", said Hunt.

"If Mark Hunt goes out there and knocks [Lewis] out, which he's very capable of doing, Mark is back in the elite of this weight division".

Lewis (18-4) is quickly climbing the heavyweight rankings and could be a top contender with a victory. Out of the two fighters when it comes to conditioning I believe Hunt will have the edge as Lewis has had a horrendous time going into the later rounds. "I just need to get back on that streak".

Brunson, who was tipped for big things at middleweight just previous year after four back-to-back finishes, is seeking to get back on track following two disappointing nights in the cage.

The occasion is special for a number of reasons.

And kudos to him that he's going about it the right way.

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