Fan favorite heavyweight knockout king, Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis has got his hometown homecoming on February 12. at UFC 271 in Houston, Texas – drawing surging Australia puncher, Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa in a main card slot.
Featuring just last month, Lewis made short work of Philadelphia knockout ace, Chris Daukaus with an opening round knockout in the main event of UFC Vegas 45. The victory rebounded Lewis from a UFC 265 interim heavyweight title challenge loss to Ciryl Gane last August.
For Tuivasa, the Sydney native is currently riding a four-fight winning run – most recently stopping Augusto Sakai with a second round knockout at UFC 269 in December also – earning himself a Performance of the Night bonus. MMA Junkie reporters, Farah Hannoun, and Mike Bohn were first to report the clash of Lewis and Tuivasa at the Toyota Center next month.
Lewis, who entered the December showdown with Daukaus as the most prolific heavyweight knockout artist in the history of the promotion – left the UFC Apex facility as the most prolific heavyweight knockout artist outright, scoring his stunning thirteenth UFC knockout victory.
Prior to his one-sided loss to Gane back in August at UFC 265 – Lewis had enjoyed an eye-catching four-fight winning run, that included knockout wins over both Curtis Blaydes and Aleksei Oleinik, after decision victories opposite both Ilir Latifi, and Blagoy Ivanov. Lewis currently sits at #3 in the official heavyweight pile.
13-3 as a professional, shoey-enthusiast, Tuivasa has rebounded in spectacular fashion from a trio of losses back in 2018 and 2019 – going unbeaten in the year since in four outings.
The Australian cult hero took home his twelfth knockout victory from thirteen professional wins against Brazil’s Sakai last month, which followed prior stoppage wins over Greg Hardy, Harry Hunsucker, and Stefan Struve.
UFC 271 takes place on February 12. from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas – with a middleweight championship rematch between reigning division kingpin, Israel Adesanya, and former champion, Robert Whittaker slated to take main event honors.
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