UFC recently announced a mammoth fight between two explosive heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou at UFC 226 on July 7. Ngannou was the former title challenger who lost against UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 in January which earned him some criticism from fans and fighter alike including Derrick Lewis.
“The thing about that fight is Stipe could’ve finished that fight a long time ago,” Lewis said.The ref should’ve stopped the fight a long time ago when Stipe was on top of him.The guy didn’t throw any punches after the second round, he didn’t throw anything else and once Stipe got on top of him and started hitting him, you know, if I was in that same situation, I’m not gonna just pepper shot him, I’m gonna let my full load out on him on his face, no homo.”
Social media beef
The fight between Ngannou and Lewis has been teased for a long time and two have often exchanged barbs on social media as well as in interviews. Lewis says that he does not understand how Francis has been able to post on social media.
“I don’t think he even speaks English or understands English that good for me to even remotely get close to getting under his skin,” Lewis said.The trash talking on the internet, he can leave that to his manager or his coaches or somebody.They are the ones saying all that s*** because I don’t know how he can barely speak English then type all that.”
Derrick Lewis believes he matches up well with Ngannou and with both the fighters being famous for their knockouts, he doesn’t see the fight go the distance.
“Yes I feel like I match up well. He ain’t gonna have to worry about no takedowns and there ain’t no telling that he ain’t gonna try to take me down.I just know that we’re going to swing it out and it’s going to be a good fight.”
“Na, it can’t go bell-to-bell,” Lewis added.”There ain’t no way. If it goes bell-to-bell then I need to be cut.”