Derrick Lewis cancels retirement; aims to return by the end of the year - TheMacLife

Derrick Lewis cancels retirement; aims to return by the end of the year

‘The Black Beast’ has put the kibosh on his retirement, and intends to return to fighting

By Oscar Willis - 26 Jun 2017

There is still going to be some swanging and banging in the UFC.

After UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts following a loss to Mark Hunt, fans were dismayed at the loss of one of MMA’s biggest characters. Lucky for them, however, Lewis appears to already miss fighting.

Lewis had cited a long time back issue that meant training and fighting was no longer a viable (or enjoyable) lifestyle, and combining that with a new marriage, he had decided to retire from active competition.

However after a little time out and a little trash talk from other heavyweights Francis Ngannou and Travis Browne, Lewis is ready to strap on the gloves again.

“[Mark Hunt’s] not going to be my last fight” Lewis said, speaking on The MMA Hour. “I’m trying to get back in there. We find out on Wednesday what’s going on [with my back], and it it’s not too serious, and hopefully I can get back in there before the end of the year.”

While the back issue is still a potential roadblock, Lewis points to the negative comments made by Ngannou and Brown as the biggest motivation for him to return.

“Whenever the booty-scratcher started talking shit, and [with] Travis Browne waking up from the dead talking shit. That booty-scratcher keep on talking shit, I’mma get my boy on him,” Lewis said, before donning a Donald Trump hat. “I don’t think his visa going to be too good too much longer. We going to get him up out of here.”

Lewis views a fight with Ngannou as the perfect way to return, and while Ngannou is on a winning streak, perhaps the bad blood between the two could get the contest booked.

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