Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich Reportedly Planned For July

Derrick Lewis will be making his Octagon return against Sergei Pavlovich in July. ESPN is reporting that “The Black Beast” and Pavlovich are targeted for the UFC’s July 30 date. No event name or location has been announced as of this writing. However, it is expected to serve as the UFC 277 pay-per-view (PPV) event….

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Derrick Lewis will be making his Octagon return against Sergei Pavlovich in July.

ESPN is reporting that “The Black Beast” and Pavlovich are targeted for the UFC’s July 30 date. No event name or location has been announced as of this writing. However, it is expected to serve as the UFC 277 pay-per-view (PPV) event.

Lewis is currently the No. 5-ranked heavyweight in the UFC, and the promotion’s all-time leading knockout artist with 13. His last Octagon outing resulted in a second-round knockout loss to Tai Tuivasa in his hometown of Houston, Texas at UFC 271. Lewis has lost two of his last three fights after stringing together a four-fight win streak prior.

Pavlovich sits at the No. 11-ranked heavyweight slot and is in the midst of a three-fight win streak. All three of those victories have come via knockout. His first and only loss under the UFC banner came during his promotional debut against Alistair Overeem in November of 2018, where he was knocked out in the first round.

A potential win over Lewis would be a huge boost for the Russian prospect, automatically putting him in the hunt for a title opportunity. Of course, he’ll have to overcome Lewis, who, as aforementioned, is statistically the most dangerous power puncher in UFC history.

It will be interesting to see who comes out on top when the two proven finishers collide inside the Octagon. Who are you picking between Derrick Lewis and Sergei Pavlovich? Let us know in the comments below!

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Report | Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich Targeted For UFC Event On July 30.

Derrick LewisA high-stakes heavyweight matchup between former title challenger, the #5 ranked challenger, Derrick Lewis, and the streaking, #11 rated, Sergei Pavlovich is currently in the works for a UFC event on July 30. At the time of publication, an official billing, location, or venue for the summer event has yet to be determined, however, it […]

Derrick Lewis

A high-stakes heavyweight matchup between former title challenger, the #5 ranked challenger, Derrick Lewis, and the streaking, #11 rated, Sergei Pavlovich is currently in the works for a UFC event on July 30. At the time of publication, an official billing, location, or venue for the summer event has yet to be determined, however, it is expected to be a pay-per-view showcase.

Derrick Lewis, a one-time undisputed heavyweight title challenger and a one-time interim title chaser, most recently featured on the main card of UFC 271 in February, suffering a shocking second round step-in elbow knockout loss to Tai Tuivasa.

For the top-15 ranked, Pavlovich, the targeted summer pairing with Lewis would come as the most high-profile bout of his UFC tenure – having most recently defeated Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC Fight Night London in March. The knockout win earned the Oblast native a Performance of the Night bonus. ESPN MMA reporter, Marc Raimondi was first to report the news of Lewis’ targeted return against Pavlovich.

Enjoying a record breaking and setting 2021, Derrick Lewis became the most prolific knockout artist in heavyweight promotional history with his March main event knockout win over Curtis Blaydes, before becoming the most prolific knockout artist in the history of the entire organization with his UFC Vegas 45 win over Chris Daukaus in December.

Derrick Lewis holds a victory over current heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou

The Louisana-born fan-favorite headlined UFC 265 in Houston, Texas back in August – suffering a one-sided third round ground strikes knockout loss to Ciryl Gane in an interim heavyweight title showing. 

For Pavlovich, the former Fight Nights Global heavyweight champion added Abdurakhimov to an impressive run of wins that includes prior stoppages against both Maurice Greene, and Marcelo Golm. 

15-1 as a professional, Pavlovich’s sole professional loss came in the form of a UFC Fight Night Beijing knockout defeat against veteran Dutch kickboxer, promotional alum, Alistair Overeem in November 2019. In his 15 professional victories, the 29-year-old Pavlovich has scored a whopping 12 career knockouts. 

At the time of publication, an official headliner for the July 30. event has yet to be determined by the organization. 

Derrick Lewis Reveals Love For Rugby, Mother Urged Him To Stop Playing Over Violence Fears

Derrick LewisFormer UFC heavyweight championship challenger, Derrick Lewis has revealed he is a massive fan of professional rugby – and in particular, the Houston SaberCats, but reveals his mother urged him to consider giving up the sport in his younger years, citing the danger and violence brought with the sport. Lewis, the most prolific knockout artist […]

Derrick Lewis

Former UFC heavyweight championship challenger, Derrick Lewis has revealed he is a massive fan of professional rugby – and in particular, the Houston SaberCats, but reveals his mother urged him to consider giving up the sport in his younger years, citing the danger and violence brought with the sport.

Lewis, the most prolific knockout artist in both the history of the heavyweight division and the entire history of the UFC, most recently featured back in February on the main card of UFC 271 in ‘The Lone Star State’ – suffering a stunning second round step-in elbow knockout loss to the surging Australian fan-favorite, Tai Tuivasa. 

The defeat returned Lewis to the losing bracket following a brief winning run against Chris Daukaus in the main event of UFC Vegas 45 back in December where he snatched the record for most victories in promotional antiquity via knockout.

Derrick Lewis holds a win over current division champion, Francis Ngannou

Revered as one of the most dangerous knockout aces in promotional history, Lewis may have embarked on a wholly different venture away from combat sports – revealing recently his passion for rugby.

“One of the best games I’ve ever been to, maybe it’s because of the drinks, maybe just because it’s a great game,” Derrick Lewis said after attending a Houston SaberCats game over the course of last weekend.”

“My mum, she didn’t want me to play rugby cause it was too violent, didn’t have protection, no head protection anything like that,” Derrick Lewis said. “I love the sport, I’ve always loved the sport. I’ve watched it for years. I’m just so happy Houston Sabers have got a rugby team.” 

Amongst his lengthy list of wins lodged in the UFC, Lewis has defeated the likes of Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson, Travis Browne, Marcin Tybura, Alexander Volkov, Curtis Blaydes, and holds a unanimous decision win over current undisputed heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou.

White Puts Tuivasa Into HW Picture Alongside Ngannou, Miocic, & Jones

UFC President Dana White has assessed where heavyweight contender Tai Tuivasa sits in the division following his knockout victory over Derrick Lewis. At UFC 271 this past weekend, two of the UFC’s hardest hitters and most prolific KO artists collided. On one side was “The Black Beast” Lewis, the promotion’s KO record holder, who was…

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UFC President Dana White has assessed where heavyweight contender Tai Tuivasa sits in the division following his knockout victory over Derrick Lewis.

At UFC 271 this past weekend, two of the UFC’s hardest hitters and most prolific KO artists collided. On one side was “The Black Beast” Lewis, the promotion’s KO record holder, who was coming off a main event finish against Chris Daukaus in December. Opposite him was the rising “Bam Bam” Tuivasa, who was coming off four consecutive stoppage wins.

Inside Houston’s Toyota Center, it was the younger and more durable Tuivasa who had his hand raised. After surviving an onslaught against the cage and firing back with his own bombs, the Australian hurt Lewis in the second round before knocking him out with a brutal elbow.

White Expects Tuivasa To Be “Mixing It Up” With The Best

Entering 2020, Tuivasa was on a three-fight losing skid following consecutive defeats to Junior dos Santos, Blagoy Ivanov, and Sergey Spivak, and his place in the promotion looked insecure.

Having rebounded with victories over Stefan Struve and Harry Hunsucker, re-entered the rankings with memorable 2021 KO’s of Greg Hardy and Augusto Sakai, and now joined the elite conversation with a thunderous stoppage against two-time heavyweight title challenger Lewis, the sky appears to be the limit for “Bam Bam.”

That’s a sentiment that was shared by Dana White at the UFC 271 press conference. When asked where the Aussie’s latest win puts him in the division, the UFC President said he expects Tuivasa to experience a heavy rise up the heavyweight ladder come the next rankings update.

“Well, you guys are gonna rank him. But yeah, I mean, he should be top three, top five,” said White. “So wherever he shakes out in the rankings, yeah, he’ll be mixing it up with those guys.”

Indeed, yesterday it was confirmed that Tuivasa is ranked #3 in the heavyweight division. When assessing how the title picture now shapes up, White placed Tuivasa alongside reigning champion Francis Ngannou, consensus heavyweight GOAT Stipe Miocic, and former two-time light heavyweight king Jon Jones.

“We’ll see here pretty soon how this all plays out: Jones, Stipe, Francis, and Tai now, too.”

Not bad company is it?

From his pop classic walkouts to his post-fight shoeys to his brutal KO power, Tuivasa has captured the attention of just about every MMA fan and has grown to be perhaps the only universally loved fighter in the UFC.

But if his latest win shows the rest of the division anything, it’s that he’s not just an entertainer who likes a beer, he’s a bona fide title contender on the hunt for gold.

Who would you like to see Tai Tuivasa share the Octagon with next?

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