LAS VEGAS – Francis Ngannou sat in front of reporters on Thursday and was asked about UFC 226 opponent Derrick Lewis. More specifically, what does Ngannou think of Lewis's "fighting style"?
The confusion seems to have come to an end.
"OK, Derrick Lewis and his style." So, can you first remember his style? "Nganou asked with a scowl on his face, laughing. "What is his style?"
At that time, Ngannou was reminded that Lewis is a big guy who likes to fight.
"Okay, I'm another big guy," said Ngannou. "Instead of going forward, we will be smarter and return to Francis before the last fight, watch my opponent, leave him, come to me, and as soon as he gives me the opportunity, I will take it."
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At the UFC 220 in January, Ngannou was defeated by champion Stipe Miocic, who won a convincing unanimous decision. Despite a moment of shock in the opening lap, Mogic dominated Ngannou, who went out of steam early on for the first time in his career for 25 minutes.
Ngannou attributes the result of his preparation, especially from Las Vegas – where he moved last year – back to Paris, to the last few weeks to finish his training camp. In retrospect, Ngannou thinks that was a mistake and did not have him like himself.
"Many things were mixed up for the fight," Ngannou said. "I try to make sure that does not happen again."
Lewis vs. Ngannou is a highly anticipated showdown that culminates months of beef between the two big men. Lewis has called Ngannou several times during his UFC tenure. After his knockout win by Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 126 in February, Lewis was back in the field, resulting in the booking.
For his part, Ngannou participated in a trash talk against Lewis – but not at the point where he feels his element.
"When he started talking, I tried to answer, but I realized that much is not feasible," Ngannou said. "I'm not going to be silly, so I quit, I let him do his thing, maybe it's his personality, but the guy, I do not know him, we never know what's behind a fighter until we meet, sometimes It's all about business. "
For Ngannou, this means a victory over Lewis, who can lead either to a second title win or to a rematch with Miocic, who defends the belt against lightweight champion Daniel Cormier in the UFC 226 Main Event
"The Predator" knows what he wants.
"I want both," said Ngannou. "I want the title, and I want the rematch against Stipe. It does not matter what happens, I want to fix that."
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