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Derrick Lewis responded to Travis Browne and Francis Ngannou in 'Black Beast' fashion

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Derrick Lewis appeared to be an easy target following a loss in this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 headliner, but the retiring heavyweight had a few final shots.

Following a fourth-round TKO loss to vet Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) in the FS1-televised headliner at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) provided a surprise by suggesting he’s done fighting.

“It’s probably my last fight,” the 32-year-old said after the bout. “I’m getting married next week, and I don’t like to put my family through this. That will be my last fight.”

The announcement prompted a few reactions from fellow UFC heavyweights. They included Travis Browne, who suffered a knockout loss to “The Black Beast” earlier this year. In the buildup to the fight, Lewis mentioned Browne’s alleged past domestic violence – something Browne called “fake news.” Well, following Lewis’ loss on Saturday, Browne post a message saying he “just watched you quit” and told Lewis he should retire. However, “if you have the balls,” Browne stated he’s open to a rematch.

Additionally, fellow contender/potential future opponent Francis Ngannou also took a shot at the “baby” following the Hunt loss.

Well, this morning, Lewis, who’s one of MMA’s better social-media stars, responded (via Twitter):

Although he may be done fighting in the cage, it appears Lewis’ social-media game will remain in full effect.

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Francis Ngannou rips ‘baby’ Derrick Lewis after UFC Fight Night 110 loss to Mark Hunt

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Although the seemingly inevitable collision course between heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou may have hit a delay after “The Black Beast” lost to Mark Hunt in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 headliner, the talk between the two hasn’t stopped.

Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) was shooting up the divisional rankings prior to his fourth-round TKO loss to Hunt in the FS1-televised main event at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) has been doing the same with a five-fight winning streak, and all the while fans have speculated about a potential matchup between the two powerhouse fighters.

On more than one occasion the pair have traded barbs through the media, with, among other things, Lewis stating he would be open to some “black-on-black” violence and Ngannou dismissing a fight because Lewis is “too slow.”

Considering there’s been no hesitation to take shots at each other in the past, it was no surprise “The Predator” pounced when an exhausted Lewis fell short against Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110.

Ngannou also retweeted this post.

With both fighters still young in the UFC heavyweight division, a matchup between the two is still conceivable. The biggest snap, however, could be the fact Lewis said he is “most likely” going to retire from the sport in his post-fight interview. Whether that holds remains to be seen, but it’s clear Ngannou took joy in seeing his rival falter.

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Derrick Lewis: Ngannou 'can get this work,' but Overeem and Werdum are 'punch drunk'

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Heavyweight slugger Derrick Lewis certainly isn’t looking past Mark Hunt. In fact, he’s looking forward to their UFC Fight Night 110 meeting. But “The Black Beast” has a few other plans, as well.

“Hopefully after this fight, they give me the title fight, and then I can make the money that I want, what I need,” Lewis told MMAjunkie at today’s UFC Fight Night 110 media day.

Lewis (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Hunt (12-11-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC) meet in the headlining bout of the event, which takes place Sunday (but airs live in the U.S. on Saturday due to time difference) at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Lewis, who’s No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, enters the contest on a six-fight winning streak. Meanwhile, No. 11-ranked Hunt is just 2-3 in his past five official outings, but Lewis said the matchup is sound.

“I believe that Mark is the toughest guy in the division,” Lewis said. “I wanted to fight the toughest. … I call out guys that I believe are the toughest that’s going to give me a chance. I don’t call out guys that I believe I could whoop real easily. I don’t do that. I believe that it’s just going to be a tough fight.”

Should Lewis prove victorious, he’d find himself in an interesting position in the division. It seems a UFC 213 fight between Alistair Overeem (42-15 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) could serve as a de facto No. 1 contender fight, but Lewis isn’t convinced they’re worthy, especially since both have lost to (current UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic) in relatively recent outings.

“Those guys, they’re punch drunk.” Lewis said. “You blow on their chin, they drop. They don’t got a chin like they used to anymore, especially Overeem. Since he’s been off the juice, he hasn’t been having nothing, so, we’ll see.”

Another potential matchup involves Cameroonian-born prospect Francis Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who has looked virtually unstoppable while racking up five stoppage wins under the UFC banner. Lewis said he’s a bit intrigued.

“I don’t blame him,” Lewis said. “I wanted to fight him before I called out Mark. If he wants to get this work next, he can come on. He can get this work.”

Ultimately, though, Lewis has his eyes on a title shot. Mind you, the belt, itself, seems to hold little significance for the powerful puncher. But the financial rewards that come along with the championship do seem to appeal, and Lewis said he matches up well with the current champ.

“I love the way I match up with Stipe,” Lewis said. “I believe Stipe is going to come out and try to wrestle me, just play right into my game. I like guys that try to come out and wrestle me. It’ll just be a boring fight, but I believe I can still come up with the win.”

First, though, is Hunt, a native New Zealander capable of knocking out anyone with a single blow. At 43, he may not necessarily be in peak form, but he also hasn’t lost an ounce of his legendary power.

Lewis said it will be something special, but he knows he’ll walk away with the win.

“It will be a slugfest,” Lewis said.

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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