Derrick Lewis was on the cusp of a title shot before he met up with Francis Ngannou at UFC 226. After his performance, he put himself into the doghouse in disgust. Their fight wasn’t all his fault though. In fact, most would say the majority of what went wrong with the fight was all on Francis Ngannou.
Ngannou refused to engage and looked lost inside the Octagon against Lewis. Lewis continued to press forward and throw kicks, but Francis just wouldn’t pull the trigger.
The fight resulted in being one of the worst heavyweight fights in UFC history. Only Kevin Jordan vs Gabriel Gonzaga could be considered a bigger failure.
In my opinion, Lewis shouldn’t be too hard on himself. Yes, the fight sucked, but at least he seemed to be trying to win.