Derrick Lewis Wanted To Take A Knee In Ngannou Fight, Could Hardly Stand Straight In Co-Main Event

UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis and former title challenger Francis Ngannou went toe-to-toe over the weekend. While “The Black Beast” earned a victory over the No. 1 contender, the fight itself is drawing criticism as potentially being the worst heavyweight fight in UFC history.

Ngannou and Lewis faced off for the co-main event of UFC 226, which took place on Saturday. Lewis began complaining about his reoccurring back issues during the fight, leading to a more timid match up against Ngannou.

Ngannou was coming off of a tough decision loss to Stipe Miocic in his failed title shot attempt. Consequently, neither fighter was seemingly interested in throwing down as reportedly less than 30 total strikes were thrown throughout the bout.

After going the distance, Lewis earned a unanimous decision victory over his opponent. Speaking to TSN, Lewis revealed some insight into his back injury from the fight.

“The difficult part there is just standing up straight. I wanted to hunch over so bad because of my back. I really wanted to just take a knee, actually because I couldn’t stand up much longer. I had to fight with myself, really.”

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