UFC heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis says he wants another crack at Francis Ngannou, “guaranteeing” the fans that it will be a better fight this time around.
The two previously fought back at UFC 226 in July, 2018. Derrick Lewis edged out a unanimous decision win over Ngannou, although the fight was widely criticized for being “boring”.
Going into the bout, Lewis had only went the distance 3-times in his entire career with 25 fights at that point. Meanwhile, Ngannou had only went the distance twice in his 13-fight career up until that point.
With these two hard-hitting heavyweight knockout artists squaring off against each other, the fans were expecting an absolute barn-burner performance. Instead, both fighter were very hesitant to engage each other, only landing around 30 significant strikes throughout the 3-round fight.
Lewis recently talked to Ariel Helwani, thanking Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero for putting on a “worse fight” than him and Francis Ngannou did. He also said that he would be interested in a rematch against Ngannou:
“We gotta do a rematch, me and Francis, we gotta do a rematch. Man, we got to because I had back problems and I wasn’t training the way I was supposed to for that fight. And so I’m on it now, so we got to,” Lewis said.
“I guarantee it will be more entertaining than what it was. It’d be at least one punch more than it did last fight,” he concluded.
Lewis last fought inside the Octagon just last month against Ilir Latifi at UFC 247. He was able to get a unanimous decision victory, making that 2-in-a-row for the “Black Beast”.
Meanwhile, Ngannou was scheduled to face the rising heavyweight contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC on ESPN 8. The event has been postponed due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 20th March, 2020.