The fight that bored the daylight out of the fans at UFC 226
After MMA buffs’ disappointment over the called off Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega co-main card for UFC 226, here comes the promoted bout that disappointed the entire following of the sport.
Heavyweight fighters Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou were expected to knock either of them out on their Saturday night match. Sadly, it was the audience they knocked out to sleep watching the entire ‘clash.’
It was terrible and boring because the supposed-beast fighters landed a very few strikes and significant hits. Despite this, Lewis won by unanimous decision. It’s surprising because he was the one aggravating his back problems during the entire 15-minute bout.
Lewis on the back problems that have long plagued him:
“My back was killing me. All I wanted to do was just sit down and stay on that bench. It was embarrassing. I wanted to go, but my body wouldn’t let me.”
This leads people to the question: what in the world was Ngannou doing?
Breaking down the fight, this is ‘namely’ how bad it is:
1. During the 15-minute fight, they landed only 31 strikes combined
According to FightMetric, Ngannou landed 11 total strikes, while Lewis sent 20. Lewis was able to hit Ngannou’s head only once (I can see you shaking your head right now.) Ngannou just threw seven strikes in the opening round.
To give you an insight into similar ‘fights,’ here’s FightMetric’s Michael Carroll listing the least combined strikes (which includes non-significant strikes) in UFC three-rounders, ranking Lewis vs Ngannou second.
Fewest Combined Strikes Landed, Three-round UFC Fight
23 – Pulver vs. Roque
31 – Lewis vs. Ngannou
34 – Moroz vs. Taylor
36 – Khabilov vs. Martins
42 – Liddell vs. Bustamante
42 – Brimage vs. Blanco#UFC226
— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) July 8, 2018
Just a quick comparison, Daniel Cormier’s fight against Stipe Miocic combined a total of 60 strikes in 4 minutes and 33 seconds.
2. At one point, referee Herb Dean had to stop the fight to remind the two they were supposed to be fighting.
— S T E V E (@MMA_Relevant) July 8, 2018
When the referee prepares to do his job well, but fighters won’t allow him to…
3. Vegas crowd booed loud when Lewis was announced as the winner
Apparently, the audience didn’t expect anyone to win when they didn’t see anyone fighting inside the cage. Who would have? Lewis himself didn’t sugarcoat how terrible this win was, saying:
“I know for sure I don’t deserve a title shot. I believe it hurt me more than it helped me. Even though I got the win, I believe it sent me, probably, about two fights back.”
4. Veteran UFC caller Joe Rogan said it’s the worst so far
“That’s the worst heavyweight fight I’ve ever seen,” he said when the ’bout’ thankfully came to an end.
“I think that was one of the worst heavyweight fights I’ve ever seen in my life. Name a worse heavyweight fight….I don’t think he needs a trainer I think he needs a sports psychologist.” -Joe Rogan 😂😂😂😂
— Sean Humphrey (@TheRealShump) July 8, 2018
5. Dana White thinks it’s ‘horrible’ as well
Dana isn’t impressed as everybody else. In fact, the UFC President thinks it all boils down to Ngannou’s ‘ego.’ Here’s what he said:
“Big time. I can tell you that his ego absolutely did run away with him. The minute that happens to you in the fight game, you start to fall apart. I had some personal encounters with him, as did other people in the organization, and this guy’s ego was so out of control.”
“I had some personal encounters with him, as did other people in the organization and this guy’s ego was so out of control. Before the Stipe fight he took off and went to France. Didn’t even really train for that fight. And you see the results. Well, then he comes back and he did train, but the ego is what hurt Francis Ngannou.”
6. In case you are looking for a highlight video of the fight at the end of this article, there’s none. That’s how bad it was.