After Francis Ngannou came up short against Derrick Lewis at UFC 226 in what proved to be one of the most lackluster fights in the UFC, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White blamed “The Predator’s” out of control ego as the cause of his poor performance.
Ngannou appeared on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” and commented more on this issue. He said he also “hurt” and surprised by White’s comments.
“If someone has an issue with you and doesn’t tell you, how would you (react) – if you haven’t seen him or talked with (him)?” Ngannou said. “If you have an issue, tell me.
“We are all human. I don’t necessarily agree I have an ego. I’m never one to stay down when I fell down. You have to have that ego when you’re a fighter. You have to stand there and believe you’re No. 1. That’s ego. But not the one to hurt the people around me.”
Francis “The Predator” Ngannou says he hopes to return to before the year is over and vows to perform like his old self in the Octagon.