Derrick Lewis Hoping For Stipe Miocic Bout With Win At UFC Vegas 45: "I Would Like To Fight Stipe Next"

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Derrick Lewis is hoping for a showdown with former champion Stipe Miocic in 2022, following a victory over Chris Daukaus at this weekend's UFC Vegas 45 event.

Lewis spoke with reporters during the media day for Saturday night's card and talked about his aspirations to fight for a title again by the end of next year, something that starts with getting a win against Daukaus. Before that though, Lewis wants to face Miocic first, and for no other reason than the fact that the two have never met before inside of the Octagon.

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“I would like to fight for the title at the end of next year,” Lewis said (h/t MMA Junkie). “That would be great. You know, get through Daukaus, God willing, I come out with the win, I would like to fight Stipe next. I believe he’s top five, so I believe that I should be fighting top-five guys in the division. Nothing against Stipe or nothing like that. You know, I don’t feel like I have nothing to prove. It’s just a guy that I’ve never fought. I know he’s like one of the best of all time. You know, I ain’t sh*t, so I just want to just fight him just because. That’s all. No disrespect or anything like that.”

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