While many fights from Saturday’s UFC 226 had the Las Vegas crowd on their feet, the night’s co-main event drew quite a bit of controversy for being extremely slow paced and uneventful. UFC featherweight contender Brian Ortega was even in the stands for the event and could be seen interacting with the crowd during the match up.
UFC 226 went down on Saturday, July 7, from within the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. for International Fight Week. Co-headlining the night’s event, Derrick Lewis went toe-to-toe with former title challenger Francis Ngannou.
Brian Ortega was initially set to throw down with UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in the night’s co-headliner. However, Holloway was pulled from the fight after suffering concussion like symptoms.
Meanwhile, Ortega refused any short notice opponent. Consequently, Lewis vs. Ngannou was moved up to the co-main event position.
Well, the total strikes thrown for the Lewis vs. Ngannou fight was reportedly under 30, making for a staggeringly slow bout. The crowd reacted with boos, as commentator Joe Rogan reffered to the fight as one of the worst heavyweight fights ever from his cage side seat.
Meanwhile, Brian Ortega was doing the wave with other crowd members seemingly out of boredom. Check it out within the video above.