UFC 226: Derrick Lewis tops Francis Ngannou in world’s most boring heavyweight fight.
Derrick Lewis defeated Francis Ngannouvia via decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Lewis was not interviewed in the cage after the fight.
Lewis walked calmly out of his corner towards Ngannou, showing no fear and aimed first for a kick, that missed Ngannou by a mile. Ngannou looked patient, and Lewis tried the kick again — this time landing. Ngannou still hadn’t thrown anything nearly two minutes into the fight and Lewis landed a high switch kick. The slowness of the first half of the round was edging on the fans and booing could be heard fairly quickly. It was apparent that both men knew the danger in their opponent. Nearly three minutes into round one Ngannou still had not thrown a single punch. Lewis went for a takedown but was unsuccessful and they separated. Lewis was the obvious aggressor in round one, as Ngannou had only landed one small strike.
Round 2 began much like the first with both fighters cautious of the other. Ngannou tapped Lewis, but his performance was puzzling to everyone. He was not the same power hitter that we had seen in his previous fights. Lewis told his corner between rounds that his back was hurting which could account for his lack of activity, but Ngannou’s was a mystery. Lewis was still the aggressor, landing combinations and charging for Ngannou. Ngannou would attempt a strike every few moments, but it was nothing to the shots that Lewis was landing. With less than two minutes left in the round Ngannou as just 2-15 on strikes. The referee stopped the fight to admonish the fighters on their lack of activity and the crowd went wild with excitement. Lewis attacked Ngannou’s body and Ngannou countered with a strike to Lewis’ eye that opened up a small cut to end the round.
The final round of possibly one of the most boring heavyweight fights ever saw minimal more action with Ngannou attempting strikes, but failing miserably at landing anything. Lewis was charging and leading the fight, but even his strikes were weak or not landing at all. The booing had not stopped from the second round and did not seem to be stopping. Nearly half of the fight was over and Lewis landed a flurry of punches, but Ngannou was still swinging wild without any hope of landing. With just a minute left Ngannou tried for a head kick KO but Lewis dodged it, Lewis landed a knew and that’s pretty much all she wrote.
Ngannou was on a 10 fight tear (including six under the UFC banner) before being stopped by UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220. He had hoped to get another win tonight with dreams of a rematch with whoever won the heavyweight title fight.
Lewis was coming off a win against Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 126 – Cerrone vs. Medeiros.