Derrick Lewis forgot that his UFC 265 fight with Ciryl Gane is for a title (Video)
Derrick Lewis almost forgot that his UFC 265 main event against Ciryl Gane is for an interim heavyweight title.
Derrick Lewis is right on the cusp of getting another shot at the UFC heavyweight title, as he gets ready for his interim title bout with Ciryl Gane at UFC 265.
But ahead of his fight with Gane in front of a sold-out crowd in his hometown Houston, TX, Lewis had to be reminded earlier this week what’s at stake at UFC 265.
Lewis was expected to fight UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou later this year, but negotiations fell through and an interim title fight with Gane was booked by the UFC brass. He got to this point with four straight wins against the UFC’s best heavyweight contenders, including back-to-back knockouts of Curtis Blaydes and Alexey Oleynik.
Despite the added pressure that comes with fighting for a belt, Lewis isn’t approaching this fight any differently than any of his previous high-profile battles inside of the octagon.
“I’m still not even really thinking about a title,” Lewis said during his UFC 265 pre-fight press conference. “My mind isn’t even really on the title, because I’m still getting paid what I’m getting paid. Someone the other day had to remind me that this is for a title, I had completely forgotten all about it. ”
Derrick Lewis is looking for another shot at the UFC heavyweight title
This isn’t the first time that Lewis has fought for a UFC title. He lost to then-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 by submission, before getting back on track with his current win streak.
Lewis will face an undefeated and versatile Gane who has quickly risen to prominence at heavyweight since transitioning from Muay Thai to MMA in his native France. Lewis’ nonchalant approach to fighting for an interim belt could help him deal with fighting in front of a raucous crowd at the Toyota Center.
UFC 265 takes place on Aug. 7, 2021, live from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.
Published at Fri, 06 Aug 2021 21:51:17 +0000