Color Derrick Lewis surprised when he found out UFC Fight Night 97, the card he was originally schedule to co-headline, was canceled just one week before.
Having prepared for the bout as he would have normally, “The Black Beast” feels he’s entitled to compensation from the promotion.
“They woke me out of my sleep,” he said on The MMA Hour this week. “I had like missed calls from my manager, and he told me he had bad news. I thought my opponent got hurt or something like that. He broke it down to me and said the whole card got cancelled. And I was just pissed. I said, ‘are they still going to pay me?’ He said he don’t know, that we were going to talk about it this week.
“I said, there ain’t no talking about it, let me call Dana White or somebody to pay me, because I don’t already don’t like flying don’t make me come all the way over here for nothing. So we’re still waiting. I haven’t anything from nobody.”
Lewis is now scheduled to fight at UFC Fight Night 102, headlining the UFC’s second trip to the Empire State as it makes its way to Albany. The heavyweight slugger was inked to meet Marcin Tybura Oct. 15, but now faces Shamil Abdurakhimov.
“The Black Beast” rides a four-fight winning streak inside the Octagon, most recently defeating Roy Nelson via split decision at UFC Fight Night 90 in July. That marked the first decision victory of his pro career, having earned 88 percent of his wins via knockout or TKO.