Heavyweight knockout artists Derrick Lewis and Sergei Pavlovich are expected to meet on July 30th at what will most likely be UFC 277.
Marc Raimondi of ESPN first broke the news stating that the bout is “targeted for a UFC card on July 30” which is expected to be “the UFC 277 pay-per-view event.”
Sources: Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich planned for July 30 UFC card https://t.co/VV90DhjufY
— Marc Raimondi (@marcraimondi) April 27, 2022
The announcement comes following Lewis’s brutal knockout loss to Tai Tuivasa at UFC 271. With a 26-9-0 and 1 NC record, Lewis has fought for the heavyweight title twice, coming up short on both attempts. As a well-respected knockout artist, he has collected KO victories over the likes of Alexander Volkov, Aleksei Oleinik, and Curtis Blaydes while also holding a victory over the current heavyweight champion Francis N’Gannou.
Come July, Lewis will look to get back in the win column against fellow heavy-handed heavyweight Sergei Pavlovich.
Pavlovich (15-1-0) was the former Fight Nights Global heavyweight champion before making his way to the UFC. Since then, he has finished Marcelo Golm, Maurice Greene, and most recently, Shamil Abdurakhimov.
— MMA mania (@mmamania) March 19, 2022
As he makes the walk to the octagon, it will not only be the biggest fight of his career thus far, but he will also have the opportunity to break into the top 10 of the division.
UFC’s July 30th card (UFC 277) will also feature a middleweight bout between 4th-ranked Sean Strickland and rising contender Alex Pereira.
There are no other bout announcements for the event, however, we will keep you updated here at MyMMANews when more are announced.
As a recent graduate from Lewis-Clark State College with a B.S. in History, Bjorn first fell in love with mixed martial arts when he watched UFC 196. As a contributor for MyMMANews, Bjorn matches his love for MMA, history, and writing.