Derrick Lewis is set to return to the Octagon on Saturday night when he takes on Junior dos Santos in the main event. It will be Lewis’ first fight since he lost to Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight title at UFC 230.
Lewis was hoping to fight later on, but the opportunity came up to fight dos Santos in March and Lewis knew he had to accept the fight.
“I’m like, I told you all I wanted some time off,” Lewis told MMAJunkie. “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 sos 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.’”
Not only is he fighting again, but Lewis has a new UFC contract. To him, he is extremely happy about it. He was happy enough that he didn’t even ask for more money.
“It doesn’t matter if they like me or not,” Lewis said. “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.”
Really Lewis is just happy to be back in the Octagon and fighting again with a nice new contract.
“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,” he said. “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.”