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.
MMA Fighting is reporting that the UFC is close to officially announcing Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis for the upcoming UFC 226 pay-per-view event. The promotion will be making it official soon.
UFC 226 is set to take place on Saturday, July 6, 2018, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
Here is the updated card for the upcoming pay-per-view event:
Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier – for heavyweight title
Champ Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title
Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font
Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki
Yancy Medeiros vs. Mike Perry
Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall
Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou
During a recent interview, Lewis spoke about the rankings and Ngannou. Here is what he had to say at the time:
“Now that I’ve seen that – what’s his name, Francis (Ngannou)? – he got $500,000 just fighting for the belt,” Lewis said to MMA Junkie. “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.'”News Now - Sport News