A monster heavyweight tilt between Francis Ngannou (11-2) and Derrick Lewis (19-5) is being added to UFC 226.
Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting is reporting that the fight should be officially announced within days.
This will be Ngannou’s first bout since his high-profile loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Lewis will enter the Octagon coming off a Performance of the Night TKO victory over Marcin Tybura in Austin, Texas at UFC Fight Night 126.
Ngannou and Lewis have not been silent about wanting to compete against one another. Both men have been very vocal to media and in podcasts in the form of call outs and other various pleasantries.
The two men will now finally face off on a card that will also feature Miocic defending his title against Daniel Cormier in the main event of the evening.
Here is your current card for UFC 226 ‘Miocic vs. Cormier’ as it currently stands:
Heavyweight Championship Main Event
Stipe Miocic (c) (18-2) vs. Daniel Cormier (lhwc) (20-1)
Francis Ngannou (11-2) vs. Derrick Lewis (19-5)
Yancy Mederios (15-5) vs. Mike Perry (11-3)
Raphael Assuncao (26-5) vs Rob Font (15-3)
Light Heavyweight Bout
Gokhan Saki (1-1) vs. Khalil Rountree (6-2)
Paulo Costa (11-0) vs. Uriah Hall (13-8)