The antepenultimate bout of the UFC 226 main card features a heavyweight slugfest as former UFC heavyweight title challenger Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou returns to take on a dangerous #5 ranked Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis.
Ngannou (11-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) last fought against champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 in January. Miocic battered Ngannou throughout five round and won the bout via unanimous decision handing Ngannou his first loss with the promotion.
Speaking at UFC media day earlier this week, Ngannou said things were ‘messed’ up in his last fight against Miocic.He also discussed his fight with Lewis and his plans for the future.
“When he [Lewis] started to talk, I tried to reply, but I realized that a lot of things don’t make sense,” Ngannou said. “I won’t be silly, so I stopped. I let him do his thing. Maybe it’s his personality. But the guy, by himself, I don’t know him. We never know what is behind a fighter until we meet. Sometimes it’s just about business.” (Transcription via MMAjunkie)
“OK, I’m another big guy. Instead of going forward, we will be smarter and go back to the Francis before the last fight. Watch my opponent, leave it, come to me, and as soon as he gives me the opportunity, I take it.”
“I want both, I want the title, and I want the rematch against Stipe.” Ngannou said. “Doesn’t matter what happens. I want to fix this.”