With the UFC seemingly uninterested in overhauling their salary structure to put on a super heavyweight fight between champion Francis Ngannou and GOAT contender Jon Jones, it looks like the most obvious next fight for Ngannou will be a rematch with “Black Beast” Derrick Lewis. .
Lewis and Ngannou’s last fight in July 2018 was an absolute stinker that saw a seemingly shy and unwilling Ngannou to take on Lewis, who seemed content with a 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 unanimous decision win. .
There was a lot of talk about Ngannou’s mind space after the fight with UFC president Dana White, stating “His ego absolutely ran, he ran away with him. The moment it happens to you in the fighting game, you start to fall apart. I had some personal encounters with him, as did other people in the organization, and this guy’s ego was so out of control. “
Almost three years later, Ngannou’s ego seems to be back in check, and his patient performance against Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 has people wondering who could dethrone the new ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’.
Not Derrick Lewis, if the bookies are to be believed.
BetOnline has released the fight odds, which the UFC tried to reserve for June before Ngannou turned down the date. Ngannou is a big -350 favorite for Lewis’s +275 dog. Does that line seem correct to you, considering Lewis’s twisted KO power and his previous win over “The Predator”?
We doubt Lewis cares too much about being such a big loser. He was a similar +250 dog in his most recent fight against Curtis Blaydes, and that didn’t stop him from completely wiping out Blaydes in the second round.