The Number One Ranked Heavyweight in the World Has a Terrifying Response to Derrick Lewis…
Francis Ngannou remains a truly terrifying man. Even though he lost his title fight against heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, It would take a brave person to bet against him. Before that fight, he was one of the biggest rising stars in the UFC, riding a six-fight win streak.
Ok yes, he was dominated by Miocic at UFC 220, but only after he gassed out after the second round. Credit to Miocic’s chin for surviving that long. Every time the Cameroonian loaded up, the crowd drew back their breath. You can’t close your eyes when the Predator is fighting. It could all be over in a second.
Since then, Ngannou has been silent. He took some time out after intense media pressure in the buildup to the event. However, another fan favorite, Derrick Lewis, has made no secret of the fact he wants to fight the No. 1 ranked heavyweight in the world. Ngannou has finally responded to ‘The Black Beast’.
No Holding Back
Lewis is one of the most entertaining fighters on the roster of the UFC today. While he is a great brawler, he’s also incredible to listen to on the microphone. This has caused controversy in the past, particularly comments he’s made about Ronda Rousey.
After defeating Marcin Tybura in Austin, Lewis made it clear that he wants to move upwards in the division with Ngannou the biggest potential scalp available right now. He recently told the Slip n’ Dip podcast:
“Yeah hopefully we can get something done this year man. Hopefully we can get something before he turns 50 on us.”
The Predator Awakens
Lewis has persistently raised questions about Ngannou’s age in an effort to annoy him. Funnily enough, it hasn’t bother Ngannou too much. Considering he lived in poverty in Cameroon and was then homeless on the streets of Paris, it’s fair to say he’s faced bigger mental challenges.
He has finally come back with a response for the big Texan. Ngannou, who basically lives in the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas Nevada, posted on Instagram a terrifying response. He wrote:
“Derrick has been talking some of his s**t while I was off. Can someone please let him know that I’m here now, so if he really wants me, he should send his manager to deal with @ufc.”
As a fight it makes sense. Lewis is on an upward trajectory, while Ngannou remains a big draw. This is a definite headliner sometime soon. The heavyweight division is so shallow that a couple of wins will get you right back up there as a top contender. If Ngannou beats Lewis, he might only need one more win to be in another title fight.
However, if Daniel Cormier manages to do the unthinkable and uncrown the greatest heavyweight of all time, Stipe Miocic in May, a single win over the right opponent could see Ngannou return as the top contender. We’re talking fine margins here.