White Blames Ngannou’s Ego For Lewis Loss
While he wouldn’t call the fight between Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou as the worst heavyweight fight in UFC history, he did call out Ngannou’s terrible performance at UFC 226.
“He had a pretty quick rise here, and obviously the fight over Alistair Overeem catapulted him, everybody was talking about him,” White said after Saturday;s event in Las Vegas.
“I thought he was going to be the next guy. I think his ego ran away with him big-time. I can tell you that his ego absolutely did run away with him. And the minute that happens to you in the fight game, you see what happens. You start to fall apart. I had some personal encounters with him, as did other people in the organization, and this guy’s ego just was so out of control.”
White points at Ngannou’s training or lack there of, for his fight against Stipe Miocic, which was a big warning sign.
“Before the Stipe fight, he took off and went to France,” White said. “Didn’t really even train for that fight. And you see the results. Well, then he comes back, and he did train, but I just — ego is what hurt Francis Ngannou.”
White also doesn’t lay any blame towards Lewis, who took the win against Ngannou in the co-main event of the UFC’s return to Pay Per View.
“He’s a fun guy, he’s funny, when he gets in there and throws, the fights are exciting,” White said. “But he always has problems with his back, and that is going to be a problem for him in there, you don’t want to go in there with a bad back with Cormier or any of these other heavyweights. But I like him and I don’t think his stock dropped at all.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting