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Derrick Lewis on memorable shorts removal at UFC 229: My balls weren’t that hot

Derrick Lewis felt he had a good reason to take his shorts off during his UFC 229 Octagon interview.

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Derrick Lewis’ one-liner during his UFC 229 post-fight interview has now reached iconic levels. So much so that this quip had actually been immortalized in a t-shirt.

But according to “The Black Beast,” there was another reason why he decided to take his shorts off right after his three-round fight against Alexander Volkov.

“I took my shorts off to throw it into the crowd,” Lewis said during the UFC 230 open workouts on Wednesday. “That’s the reason why I did it. But (Joe Rogan) asked me that and I didn’t know what else to say.”

“I’m always saying crazy things, and it is crazy about my balls. I guess people really believe my balls was that hot.”

In that same interview, Lewis also stated that he may not be ready for a title fight just yet, given what he felt at the time was a lack ofconditioning. He also admitted that this sentiment had taken an instant 180-degree turn once the monetary figures were laid out on the table.

“When I first said that, it was like I didn’t want to train that hard for a damn five-round fight,” Lewis said. “But I knew how hard I would have to train, even way harder than I did before. And I didn’t feel like doing all that right after a fight like that.”

“So when they offered me the money that they offered me, then it was like the reset button. ‘OK, yeah, I could do this.’ Then it’s guaranteed, so there’s no sweat off my back.”

“It’s gonna be a real good fight,” he continued. “I’m going in there and try to end it real quick. If I lose, that’s fine. I still get the money.”

Lewis will be fighting the biggest fight of his career when he challenges Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title this Saturday, November 3rd, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.