‘We Have to Give the Fans What They Deserve’- Francis Ngannou Wants to Rematch Derrick Lewis

Published 03/31/2021, 2:08 PM EDT
Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Francis Ngannou (red gloves) fights Derrick Lewis (blue gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports


Francis Ngannou created history becoming the third current African champion in the UFC roster with his scintillating knockout win over the consensus greatest heavyweight of all time, Stipe Miocic, at UFC 260 in UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The newly crowned champion is currently eyeing a rematch against Derrick Lewis.

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Speaking to Ariel Helwani recently, Ngannou said, “For the first time I am the man making the call. I don’t have to sit down and wait for people. They’re waiting for me and I am ready. I can choose to fight and want to fight maybe two times this year.

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As I said, I am ready to fight as I said I want to fight in Summer, maybe in August so I can survive in December. Let’s go. Derrick Lewis is there. I think we have this fight that never really happened. We have to give the fans what they deserve,” added the UFC heavyweight champion.

Francis Ngannou, right, fights Derrick Lewis during a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 226, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ORG XMIT: NVJL221

‘The Predator’ fought ‘The Black Beast’ at UFC 226. However, the fans were far from impressed with the duo on that occasion. With two knockout artists like them involved, straight-up fireworks were expected. But the fight turned out to be one of the most boring of all time due to the super cautious approach from both fighters, especially Ngannou.

Is Derrick Lewis vs Francis Ngannou the fight to make next?

Ngannou is considered the scariest power puncher to ever grace the UFC Octagon. But Lewis is someone who can rival ‘The Predator’ in that aspect. ‘The Black Beast‘ is at the top of the mountain for the most knockouts in the history of the UFC.

So, one might understand why the first contest between the duo was such a disappointment to the fans. Ngannou wants to give the fans what they want and rematch Lewis.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Lewis reacts after his knockout victory over Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

‘The Black Beast’ knocked out Curtis Blaydes in a devastating manner recently. Now with Ngannou at the helm, talks of a rematch against Lewis have intensified. Lewis happens to be the only other fighter than Miocic to hand ‘The Predator‘ a loss in the UFC.

Also, one can only imagine the entertainment in store if both fighters decide to come out swinging for the knockout with all guns blazing in the rematch. The fight certainly makes a lot of sense.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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