Multiple-time UFC heavyweight title chaser, Derrick Lewis is currently targeted to make his second Octagon appearance of 2022 – with a July 30. showing opposite the #11 ranked contender, Sergei Pavlovich in the works. Whilst not officially billed by the promotion, the summer event is likely to be UFC 277, with an official location or venue for the card yet to be determined to boot.
Derrick Lewis, who has previously challenged for both undisputed and interim carnations of the UFC heavyweight championship, most recently stepped inside the Octagon in February at UFC 271 – dropping a stunning second round knockout defeat to the now-#3 ranked contender, Tai Tuivasa.
Slowing creeping through the ranks of the heavyweight pile with three consecutive knockout victories, emerging Oblast native, Pavlovich turned in his third straight UFC win back in March at The O2 Arena in London with a first round knockout success against common-foe, Shamil Abdurakhimov. ESPN MMA reporter, Marc Raimondi was first to report Lewis’ targeted summer comeback against Pavlovich.
Derrick Lewis holds the most victories via knockout in UFC antiquity
Back in December of last year, Derrick Lewis headlined UFC Vegas 45 in ‘Sin City’ – stopping Philadelphia native, Chris Daukaus with a first round knockout. Not only did the victory return Lewis to the winning pile following an August interim title challenge loss to Ciryl Gane, but also solidified the fan-favorite as the most prolific knockout artist in promotional history.
During his UFC tenure, Lewis has defeated the likes of Curtis Blaydes, Marcin Tybura, Blagoy Ivanov, Alexander Volkov, and holds a forgettable unanimous decision win over current undisputed heavyweight best, Francis Ngannou.
Making his promotional bow against Alistair Overeem in November 2018, Pavlovich, a former Fight Nights Global heavyweight champion, suffered a knockout loss – coming as the sole defeat in his professional career.
Since then, Pavlovich has defeated the trio of Marcelo Golm, Maurice Greene, and the above mentioned, Abdurakhimov with strikes to land at #11 in the official heavyweight stack.