Lewis Gains New Contract Ahead Of UFC Wichita
UFC heavyweight star Derrick Lewis wanted two things, time-off and a raise. And with him fighting this weekend in Wichita, it’s clear which one he ended up with.
“I’m like, I told you all I wanted some time off,” Lewis told MMA Junkie on Wednesday after fighting twice in less that 60 days at UFC 229 and UFC 230. “Then I told my manager we can go ahead and renegotiate the contract, because they’re not wanting to give me time off. They came back with (Junior) Dos Santos, and I said, ‘OK, I’ll fight him.’ They were saying it was going to be in March. I said, ‘That’s even better.’”
His fight against the former world heavyweight champion will mark Lewis’ second straight UFC main event, as the Houston native looks to get back into title contention on Saturday night in Kansas.
“It doesn’t matter if they like me or not,” Lewis said of UFC management. “I’m really happy with my contract. I wish I could say more about it, but even though some numbers are going to pop up after the fight, it still won’t do it any justice.”
“My kids are acting like I’m rich anyway, so they always want to buy this and buy that, and go here and go there,” Lewis said of his new deal. “So I’m really doing it for them. I just want to make sure they’re happy and my wife is happy.
“Especially all my family members coming out of the woodwork, saying everybody not able and this and this, they need this and they need that. Oh, they’re behind on these bills, and they need help. So of course, I’ve got to keep going.”
His new contract, on-top of going viral after his UFC 229 win over Alexander Volkov, and a deal with Popeye’s Chicken will keep Lewis in the limelight for the foreseeable future.
Lewis and Dos Santos headline UFC Fight Night Wichita on March 9th on ESPN+.
Initial Report: MMAJunkie