At UFC 220, January 20, 2018 in Boston, Francis Ngannou got his title - shot against Stipe Miocic . At the time, the bookmakers and the UFC made the Franco - Cameroonian the favorite of the fight . Before his duel against the heavyweight champion, Ngannou overcame an impressive series at the UFC: 6 fights, 6 wins, 6 finishes in the first two rounds . Nothing and no one resisted this combination of power and timing . At UFC 218, just over a month before UFC 220, Ngannou became a superstar . He faced the number 1 in the category:Alistair Overeem . On an uppercut to knock out an ox, the Predator put his opponent knockout after 1 minute and 42 seconds . A knockout so impressive that he was elected KO of the year ! Faced with the most dominant heavyweight champion in UFC history, Francis arrived with the wind in his back .
The brutal fall
Unfortunately for him, between lack of preparation , mismanagement of the fight and opponent ready as ever, disillusionment was great at UFC 220 . Very aggressive in the first round, without being able to finish Stipe Miocic, Ngannou sank gradually face fatigue and the fight of his opponent . In the end, he lost by a unanimous decision following a dominated head and shoulders fight by the champion . Yes, the title fight had can - be brought down, but nothing could prepare us for what was to follow .
Following this defeat, in humiliating anything, the UFC held a battle "for fans": Francis vs Ngannou . Derrick Lewis . The two being provoked on the networks and being followers of a striking ( standing fight ) in power, everything was reunited for a fireworks display . Simply better than Lewis, the Franco - Cameroonian had a golden opportunity to add a scalp to his collection against a prestigious opponent . The fighter 's fans fell from a high pitch as he did absolutely nothing during the three rounds played at UFC 226 . Mentally blocked,Ngannou lost a unanimous decision to a Derrick Lewis injured back . A fight that the Predator should have won, but in which fear has dominated . The defeat against Stipe Miocic still resounded ...
In the cage, for this fight, I was just thinking about my body, frightened by what had happened last time . It could happen again, and if it happened, it would not be good . So I tried to control it .
- Francis Ngannou about his loss to Derrick Lewis at UFC 226
Following this second defeat in a row, the ex - future UFC superstar was light by the UFC boss Dana White . He, like Fernand Lopez, the long-time coach of the fighter, saw changes in Francis . Arrived in France, SDF and starting the MMA in 2013, Ngannou knew a very fast ascent . That he might - be played tricks . Still - it that those who know the last few years have seen an ego problem at home . Fernand Lopez said: " For Francis to be a better man, some people have to have a bad role . The bad role is to say to Ngannou: 'You have a big ego and you have changed over time' . It's the truth . I had the conversation with Ngannou and I told him: 'You changed my friend, you changed __ . You are not the same anymore . Your ego is killing you and it's just your ego . "
For his part, the intransigent Dana White also evoked an ego problem in the wake of the defeat of UFC 226: "Francis Ngannou at the time of his arrival, I thought that this guy was going to be the champion of heavyweight . He lost his head . This guy has completely lost his head and began to act in a way that you do not act . I totally saw it coming . [ ... ] Ngannou many things to settle personally and professionally . We'll see if it comes back on track . "
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