UFC Fighter Derrick Lewis reportedly told the crowd in Las Vegas that President Donald Trump called him prior to his bout to offer words of encouragement against a foreign adversary.
“I forgot, a few hours before the fight Donald Trump called me and told me I’ve got to knock this Russian [expletive] out, cause they making him look bad on the news,” Lewis told comedian and commentator Joe Rogan. “You know, him and Putin and [expletive]. [Expletive] what they talking bout. USA in this [expletive].”
It was widely considered one of the more unique post-fight interviews.
Derrick Lewis is a unique fighter and a unique human being, to say the least. #UFC229
— Gentleman Jack Gallagher (@GentlemanJackG) October 7, 2018
UFC fighter Derrick Lewis just said @POTUS called him and asked him to knock out that Russian.
— Jordan Ferrell (@jordaneferrell) October 7, 2018
Overall, the UFC had a big night.