Not long after he knocked out Chris Daukaus in the main event of UFC Vegas 45 on Saturday night, American heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis turned his attention to Francis Ngannou – and he did not hold back. Ngannou, the UFC heavyweight champion, is slated to defend his belt against interim champ Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 on January 14 in Anaheim California. Lewis, whose record includes a decision win over Ngannou and a TKO loss to Gane, was asked for his thoughts on the match-up at the post-event press conference. He claimed to have no dog in their fight, but did not waste the opportunity to share his thoughts on Ngannou. “I really don’t care,” he said. “I don’t care who wins.” “Ciryl is a good dude,” he added. “He’s a likeable guy. I couldn’t find anything wrong with him, personality wise. Outside of fighting he seemed like a pretty cool dude. “Ngannou on the other hand, he can kiss my a**. He seemed like a d******* 24/7, so f*** him.” Lewis’ remarks about Ngannou have all the hallmarks of a call-out, but make no mistake: he is not interested in fighting the heavyweight champion – or Gane – if it means he has to prepare for a five-round championship fight. “Three rounds,” he said. “[If it’s five rounds] I’m going to say I’m hurt or I got Covid or something. I’m not showing up to the fight. I’m dead serious. Three rounds.” Despite his objection to five-round fights, Lewis seemed to change his tune when asked if he’d be willing to step in to replace Ngannou or Gane in the event that either man fails to make it to the Octagon in January. 🇺🇸 @TheBeast_UFC FINISHES THE FIGHT IN A BLACK BEAST FASHION!!!🤯🤯🤯 #UFCVegas45 pic.twitter.com/0JjUIzGsQJ — UFC_Asia (@UFC_Asia) December 19, 2021 “We’ll see,” he said. “I guess, man. I just told y’all I don’t want any more five rounds.” “I want the money. I guess I’ll be ready – somewhat.” If he is not offered a fight with Ngannou or Gane, Lewis is also interested in fighting former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic – with a caveat that should not surprise anybody. “If it’s three rounds, I guess Stipe,” he said when asked who he like to fight next.