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Derrick Lewis believes Junior dos Santos is one of his ‘weakest’ opponents yet

In the main event of UFC Wichita, Derrick Lewis is set to headline the card when he will be taking on former champion Junior dos Santos. The fight could very well have title implications on the line with the winner being one or two wins away from a title shot. Well, Lewis believes that will be him. Frankly, he doesn’t even think dos Santos is even that good.

“He’s probably the weakest guy that I’m gonna fight out of the guys that I’ve fought before,” Lewis said (transcript via MMA Fighting). “He’s probably like the fifth or the sixth guy. I don’t think he’s the toughest guy I’ve ever fought so we’ll see on March 9th.”

Although Lewis says that, it still is heavyweight MMA where anything can happen. With one punch someone can win the fight, as Lewis showed at UFC 229. With that, he is confident he will be able to knockout dos Santos come March 9.

“It’s like I say all the time, it’s the heavyweight division,” Lewis explained. “It doesn’t matter if the guy’s a black belt or if he’s a world-class boxer. We still have a 50-50 chance. We’re heavyweights, so it’s just gonna take one punch.

“… Really, [I’ll finish the fight] whatever round I want. If I want to end the fight in the first, I’ll end the fight in the first. If I want to end the fight in the fifth, I’ll end the fight then. So it’s just whenever I get ready to.”

If Lewis does indeed knockout dos Santos as he says, he is eyeing a fight against Stipe Miocic. The two have been offered to fight each other before, but now it appears Lewis is ready to fight one of the best ever in the heavyweight division.

“Hopefully everything goes good with the JDS fight and we get it back in there real quick with Stipe,” said Lewis. “It really don’t matter who I fight next. He’s just right there and he called me out before. They had me booked with JDS while he called me out so I’m just gonna go ahead and call him out before this fight.”