Fans have picked up on the fact that heavyweight title contender Francis Ngannou has a way of coming off as a monster when he competes in the Octagon.
However, once outside of the cage, he comes off completely different as he is quiet, soft-spoken, humble man. With all of that said, it’s a good thing he’s like that after the comments Derrick Lewis just made.
As seen at the UFC 220 PPV (pay-per-view) event at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on pay-per-view, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic successfully retained his title in the main event by scoring a dominant decision win over the title contender.
Ngannou was gassed after the first round and lost in a lopsided fashion. Following the fight, Ngannou made it known that this fight was a major learning experience for him.
If you recall, Ngannou officially earned the title shot after his bout when he picked up a first-round knockout of Alistair Overeem that left the veteran unconscious on the canvas for several minutes at UFC 218.
Miocic also defeated Overeem when he scored a first-round knockout over the longtime MMA star last year at UFC 203.
During a recent interview to promote his fight against Marcin Tybura at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 126 event, he spoke about the rankings and Ngannou.
“For sure, that’s all I really care about,” Lewis (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) told MMAjunkie Radio in advance of his FS1-televised co-headliner against Tybura (16-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) on Sunday at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
“Now that I’ve seen that – what’s his name, Francis (Ngannou)? – he got $500,000 just fighting for the belt,” Lewis said. “Let me fight for the belt next. They can give me $500,000. (Expletive), I’m going to gas out too.
“Guaranteed $500,000? You don’t have to worry about me training before a camp. I’ll be drinking a beer right after weigh-ins.”
“Everybody keeps saying that,” Lewis said. “No, I didn’t (watch). A friend of mine Facetimed me, and that’s the only reason I saw the highlights. And I started watching reruns of ‘Martin.'”
“It’s the heavyweight division,” he said. “Anyone can win. It just takes one punch. So it doesn’t matter if he’s ranked No. 15 or the No. 1 guy. I take each and every fight like it’s going to be my toughest opponent.”
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