Heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis says he will be the one to end Francis Ngannou's hot streak and hopes that Stipe Miocic loses his upcoming title fight with the Cameroonian-Frenchman.
Ngannou will challenge Miocic for his heavyweight title on 20 January at UFC 220 in Boston. The buzz for the fight is especially high given the manner in which "The Predator" earned his title shot.
Having knocked Alistair Overeem out cold in devastating fashion at UFC 218, many in the combat world are wondering if there is anyone capable of stopping him. In fact, Ngannou has even drawn comparisons with boxing legend Mike Tyson.
Miocic, who is on an impressive five-fight winning streak of his own, is confident of defending his title though. But Lewis believes his past tendency to get caught will be a factor.
"I believe it's going to be a good fight," Lewis told MMA Junkie. "Stipe has been rocked before. Francis, he hasn't really been touched before, so it's going to be an interesting match-up.
"The Black Beast" is also hopeful that he will get the chance to face Ngannou next, provided he defeats Marcin Tybura in February.
A meeting between the two hard-hitting heavyweights was a prospect that seemed really likely just a couple of months ago and the Houston native wants to be the first to deliver a loss in the UFC to Ngannou.
"But hopefully, Francis wins, and then I'm going to come in line and I'm going to take Francis out," Lewis added. "That's the fight I want after this fight (against Tybura).
"Hopefully, everything goes good, and that's the fight I want."
Lewis has won six of his last seven fights, having suffered a fourth-round TKO loss to Mark Hunt back in June, which he attributed to a back problem.