Derrick Lewis did almost as much damage with his words as his fists Saturday night.
After knocking out Travis Browne in the second round of the UFC Fight Night 105 main event, Lewis made some head-turning comments in his post-fight interview with Brian Stann. When Stann asked Lewis about the victory, Lewis surprised with his answer, bringing up domestic violence allegations made against Browne by his ex-wife and asking about the whereabouts of Browne's girlfriend Ronda Rousey.
“I just knew I had a bigger heart than him,” Lewis said. “He call himself a man, but he likes to put his hands on women. So, forget that guy. I got much more heart than he has. Where’s Ronda Rousey’s fine ass at?”
In July 2015, Browne’s then-wife Jenna Webb accused him of abuse by posting a photo on Instagram of multiple bruises on her body. Browne has denied the accusations, criminal charges were never pressed, and a UFC legal team investigation cleared the heavyweight fighter of wrongdoing. Browne has been dating Rousey for two years.
Lewis, 32, was injured to the body in a dominant round by Browne in the first. Browne landed multiple hard body kicks. But afterward, Lewis said he was not actually hurt.
“I just gotta do No. 2, that’s all,” Lewis said. "It’s not really hurt from the kick. I just got a boo boo.”
Lewis (18-4, 1 NC) has won six in a row and has big things ahead of him in the heavyweight division. But the Houston resident said he wants to take at least three months off.
“I feel like I just need some time off,” Lewis said. "I don’t want to hear nothing about not fighting in the next three months. … Plus, all the training and all the sex I’ve been getting, my body needs some time off.”