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Francis Ngannou & Derrick Lewis Serve Up Abysmally Poor Co-Main Event

One of the most anticipated fights of 2018 amounted to little more than an uneventful staring contest that left a sour taste in the mouth of those watching.

One fight can make a serious difference in a competitor’s confidence and in the case of UFC 226 co-main event headliner Francis Ngannou, the fire that saw him set the division ablaze last year seemed to be completely deadened last night.

Facing the always-hittable but heavy-handed Derrick Lewis, Ngannou’s output was so low compared to his earlier run, it led many to believe that his UFC 220 battering at the hands of Stipe Miocic was enough to really make him question himself as a fighter.

I can’t stress enough how bad this fight was, but thankfully – the good folks on Twitter make it abundantly clear how unimpressed they were with the lackluster three-rounder.

In the end, Lewis edged it on the scorecard but in truth, neither man could hold their head high after this one.

Dana White made it clear that he felt as though Ngannou’s ego had taken a serious hit following his title-loss to Miocic but after so much hype – seeing the two hardest hitting fighters in the UFC today just fell flat in the face of the great expectations attached to it.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

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