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It's on: Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis set for UFC 226 in Las Vegas

A highly anticipated heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou is finally on.

Lewis (19-5-1 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and Ngannou (11-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will meet at UFC 226, according to reports from MMAFighting.com and ESPN.com, in what promises to be a slugfest between the two big men.

UFC 226 takes place July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Lewis has called out Ngannou numerous times over the course of his UFC tenure. The most recent came following his knockout of Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 126 in February. Lewis already fired off the first salvo on Instagram with a comedic flare.


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The fight will mark Lewis’ 14th UFC appearance since 2014, which is the most of any heavyweight on the roster.

Ngannou will enter UFC 226 looking to rebound. After surging up the divisional rankings with some massive knockouts, “The Predator” challenged champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 in January. He was dominated, though, and lost via unanimous decision for his first octagon defeat.

The latest UFC 226 card includes:

  • Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier – for heavyweight title
  • Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font
  • Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Mike Perry
  • Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou

For more on UFC 226, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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