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UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis rips Lesnar: 'He's scared to be hit'

Heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis ridicules Brock Lesnar ahead of his return against Mark Hunt at UFC 200.

'The Black Beast', Derrick Lewis thinks Brock Lesnar is anything but a beast when the cage door closes. Lewis, a veteran of 20 professional fights, doesn't think Lesnar is cut out for MMA and says the former UFC heavyweight champion is 'scared to be hit'.

"Brock Lesnar is not a fighter," Lewis said ahead of his clash with Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 90 (h/t Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting). "He's scared to be hit. It depends on how this fight goes. If my fight goes the way that I want it to go Thursday, I would like the winner."

Mark Hunt, who will welcome Lesnar back to the Octagon on Saturday, echoed similar sentiments on The MMA Hour and Lewis thinks 'Super Samoan' will take home the win at UFC 200.

"I like Mark," Lewis said. "He's just like Roy. He comes out and fights. You know, swing and bang. I'm going with Mark in this one."

Lesnar started to face criticism for his ability to take a punch after his comeback win against Shane Carwin at UFC 116. Carwin, renowned for some of the heaviest hands in the sport, battered Lesnar from pillar-to-post in the first round but was submitted in the second. It is still, to date, one of the most one-sided beatdowns in the UFC heavyweight division.

The WWE superstar also looked flustered when hit against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, losing the heavyweight title in the main event and finally retiring after dropping to a body kick by Alistair Overeem in 2011.

Lesnar will have a chance to prove Lewis and the doubters wrong at UFC 200, going up against one of the division's most feared knockout artists in Mark Hunt. The pay-per-view takes place on July 9th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lewis, who will look to extend his win streak to four against Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 90, takes on the heavyweight veteran in the co-main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.