While top contenders like Alexander Gustafsson are not pleased with the finalization of the Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier super fight for UFC 226 on July 7th, heavyweight fighters seem more accepting of the idea. For number six-ranked contender Derrick Lewis, one of the reasons could be what he feels is the lack of consistent performances by UFC heavyweights, himself included.
“That’s good that (Miocic vs. Cormier) is happening because no one else in the heavyweight division is being consistent,” Lewis said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour (transcript via MMA Mania). “Whenever it’s time for a guy, like a fight away from the title, he ends up losing, like myself.”
“It’s a smart move to do because all of the other guys that’s in the top 10 or top five, he already fought or he beat already. For him to fight Cormier, I believe that’s the best bang for your buck right now for the pay-per-view sale.”
For his part, Lewis does not really mind if he gets to fight for UFC gold or not, as long as he is compensated well.
“I don’t care if I never fight for the belt, as long as they pay me good, that’s all I care about. They can do whatever they want with it.”
Lewis will be facing Marcin Tybura on February 18th in Austin, Texas.
The interview begins at the 52:47 mark of the video at the top of the page.