Derrick Lewis hilariously called out Ronda Rousey in 2017 after knocking out her husband, Travis Browne, at a UFC event in Canada.
‘The Black Beast’ will be looking to get his MMA career back on track tomorrow when he takes on Sergey Spivak at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Lewis, who holds the record for most knockout wins in UFC history (13), suffered back-to-back losses to Tai Tuivasa and Sergei Pavlovich.
Some believe the 37-year-old is now past his best, but at the height of his powers he picked up victories over Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson, Francis Ngannou, Alexander Volkov and Curtis Blaydes.
The American has become a fan favorite over the years, partly because of his exciting fighting style, but also because of his goofy personality and funny post-fight interviews.
Lewis told UFC commentator Joe Rogan “My balls were hot” during his most memorable octagon interview which went viral at the time and is reposted on social media every time he fights.
The heavyweight knockout artist is also known for calling out UFC legend and WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey after she put her husband, Travis Browne, to sleep in February 2017.
In 2015, Browne faced domestic abuse allegations from his ex-wife, Jenna Webb, who posted a photo on Instagram showing multiple bruises on her body.
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Browne denied the charges and criminal charges were never brought, but Lewis clearly did not believe his rival was an innocent man and made that clear after picking up a second-round stoppage victory.
He said: “I just knew I had a bigger heart than him. He calls himself a man, but he likes to get his hands on women.
The usually funny fighter quickly walked away from the serious stuff as he turned his attention to Rousey who was done with the UFC at this point.
Lewis added: “Forget that guy, I’ve got a lot more heart than him. Where’s Ronda Rousey a**?
Again, Lewis went viral for his post-fight outburst, which he quickly regretted when his wife imposed a sex ban due to his lustful comments on “Rowdy.”
He told TMZ in 2018 before his fight with Marcin Tybura: “My wife, she’s crazy, she hasn’t given me a** since I mentioned her in that last interview.
“I need to get this win, so I can buy him something nice and hopefully get a** next week.”
Lewis took the win and hasn’t mentioned Rousey in the octagon since.
However, he is sure to have angered his longtime partner again last year during an interview with Daniel Cormier who mentioned he had spoken to Rousey recently.
The former two-weight UFC champion burst out laughing, as did his camera crew when Lewis asked, “Did she ask about me? I’m just saying, unofficially.
Cormier replied: “There are three cameras, it’s not confidential. She didn’t ask about you.
Lewis replied, “She didn’t? It’s cool, you know, I’m married anyway.
Rousey never really acknowledged Lewis’ apparent interest in her and built a life with Browne, with whom she now shares a daughter.
The 35-year-old retired from MMA in 2016 after suffering back-to-back losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes.
Since then, she has found success in professional wrestling and claimed she would only return to the sport that made her famous for a fight with MMA trailblazer turned actress Gina Carano.