UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis is coming off his fourth straight victory after defeating Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 90. It was Lewis’ second consecutive co-main event slot, and although he wasn’t able to finish the granite-chinned ‘Big Country’ inside the limit, it was no doubt his most high-profile victory to date. The fight with Nelson went down during an incredibly busy fight week, opening up a seven-day period with four UFC cards crammed in.
The fabled UFC 200 came and went, but the massive pay-per-view card was already reeling from the loss of Jon Jones by the time Lewis stepped in the octagon. Having failed an out-of-competition drug test, ‘Bones’ was removed from the July 9 main event rematch with Daniel Cormier on Wednesday July 6. Then in the week following it was Lesnar’s turn, as USADA (United States Anti Doping Agency) claimed their second victim in as many calendar weeks. Lewis was not surprised.
In an interview with MMAFighting.com, ‘Black Beast’ says everyone knew Lesnar was juicing from the jump:
“It was no surprise. It was like Nate Diaz says, there was no surprise about it. Come on man. Look at the guy. Everyone knows he’s juicing. But, that don’t affect me at all. I’ll fight anyone. I’m ready.”
“For sure I’ll fight him,” he said. “When I was fighting in the lower league, I was fighting a lot of guys that was on juice. It doesn’t matter. That don’t help you fight any better, to me. I’ll still be eating fried chicken and McDonalds before my fight, and I feel fine.”
“I guess you got to have security problems if you got do all that,” he said. “But it literally don’t affect me. I don’t care. The sport itself is dangerous. Anything can happen. So if you want to juice, go ahead and juice up. It’s just going to make you more depressed afterwards.”
Brock Lesnar wasn’t Lewis’ only target with his highly humorous trash talk and somewhat outrageous honesty, as he discussed a potential title fight with Alistair Overeem ‘some time next year,’ providing the ‘Demolition Man’ can stay off the juice:
“Maybe against [Alistair] Overeem,” he said. “I think he’s going to beat Stipe [Miocic]. If Overeem can stay clean…I know he’s tempted right now to take them steroids, I know he’s tempted…but if I can stay clean I’d say we can get at it by next year.”
On a more serious note, ‘Black Beast’ reveals how many heavyweights he thins are currently abusing steroids:
“Probably 70 percent,”
“It doesn’t piss me off at all. It’s just stupid for them to do that because they know that they’re getting random drug tests. They’re willing to risk thousands of dollars for something so stupid like that, that’s not even going to help them.”