Jailton Almeida wants Ciryl Gane next

Jailton Almeida shares his thoughts on fighting Derrick Lewis and reveals future plans.

by Aryan Lakhani
Jailton Almeida wants Ciryl Gane next
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The heavyweight fight between Jailton Almeida and Derrick Lewis is just a few hours away; Almeida has never tasted defeat in the UFC, he wants to fight Ciryl Gane next if he’s successful in beating Derrick Lewis. Almeida is not underestimating his current opponent; he acknowledged how dangerous Derrick Lewis can turn out to be, yet at the same time, Almeida is also confident in his skills and believes that he will counteract the challenges he faces.

A win undeniably qualifies Almeida for a match against someone from the top 5 in the heavyweight division. In just a few hours, we will find out if Derrick Lewis has what it takes to give Jailton Almeida his first-ever UFC defeat.

Jailton Almeida on Derrick Lewis and his next fight

Jailton Almeida is ready for the challenge ahead and recently revealed what he wants next if he secures a win. “Everybody knows that Derrick Lewis is extremely dangerous, and hair doesn’t grow anymore where his hand connects,” Almeida said, as quoted by mmafighting.com.

“The good thing about this matchup is that he’s a bit slower than Jairzinho and Curtis Blaydes, but his hands are dangerous. If his hand lands, we all know it’s fatal. But I believe in God and in my training, and we’ll be able to block that.

The UFC gave me the No. 5 heavyweight [Blaydes], and with faith in God, I’ll get past Derrick Lewis, I won’t ask for the No. 5 again, I’ll ask for the No. 4, No. 3. I think Ciryl Gane and I would be a good fight, a man that once had the interim belt.

Almeida further said: “After I saw his face-off with Jon Jones…I think Ciryl Gane respected Jon Jones too much, Man, if you don’t go there all-in against him… I know everybody in the fight world has Jon Jones as an inspiration — I mean inside the cage, not outside the cage —, and you won’t lose that respect when you fight an idol. I think he was too nervous and Jon Jones walked over him”.