The dust has been settled on UFC 226 which took place last month. However, the aftermath of a disastrous co-main event still haunts one of the fighter featured in it, #2 ranked heavyweight Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis.
Lewis took on former title challenger Francis Ngannou in a fight which definitely expected the fans to be served a finish. However, what happened after that was a draught of punches.
Ngannou in his own words carried ‘fear’ from his last fight against then champ Stipe Miocic who mauled him once he got tired. Ngannou in his quest to save energy, did not land any action in the entire fight. Lewis on the other hand, vitiated an old back injury which kept him from loading shots upto a limit where he was resorted to land kicks.
The result was disastrous. Lewis landed 20 strikes and Ngannou landed only 11 which probably gave Lewis the nod of the judges. However the fight went down in the history in the second last position of least strikes landed ever in a fight with only 31 (least being 23).
However Lewis did agree that his performance was disappointing. However he disagrees with commentator Joe Rogan who claimed it to be ‘the worst heavyweight fight I’ve ever seen’.
“I finally watched it, and I thought it wasn’t that bad. Not the way that Joe Rogan was making it sound like,” Lewis said. “It wasn’t that [bad], I’ve seen worse fights than that. By him saying that, then that’s what everybody else believes — ‘oh yeah, that’s the worst fight ever.’ Man, it’s not even the worst fight ever. The only reason why I guess they’re saying that it’s the worst fight ever is because they expected so much between me and him, they expected fireworks the whole three rounds and it wasn’t. I expected the same thing. I was disappointed that it wasn’t an entertaining fight as well.”
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