Derrick Lewis is eyeing a potential fight with Jon Jones now that the latter is moving up to heavyweight to take on the winner of Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou.
Not only would Lewis like to fight Jones at heavyweight but ‘The Black Beast’ believes he knows what ‘Bone’s’ gameplan would be — and it wouldn’t involve takedowns.
“It’s good [Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight]…I picture myself fighting him one day and I kind of know what his game plan would be if he ever faced me. He would try to attack the legs a lot. I don’t think he really tries to take me down. He’ll try to keep his distance, then try to stay away,” Lewis told Joe Rogan on a recent episode of JRE (h/t Essentially Sports).
Lewis is excited to see how Jones performs at heavyweight but warned the former UFC light heavyweight champ not to bulk up too much ahead of his debut.
“I don’t think so [Jones trying to take Lewis down]. I would love for a guy to get this close to me. I believe that’s their downfall when they get that close, Lewis said. “I don’t think he should try to gain any more weight though. I think his walk-around weight is good enough. I believe he walks around at 240, 235, something like that. I don’t think he should keep trying to gain weight or bulk up as much as he thinks he should.”
‘The Black Beast’ KO’d Curtis Blaydes in spectacular fashion in the UFC Vegas 19 main event to extend his recent win streak to 4-0. He’s currently #2 in the UFC heavyweight rankings.