On Saturday night, Feb. 8, 2020, the UFC returns to action for their second pay-per-view event of the year, which includes two world championship bouts.
UFC 247 takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be headlined by Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko defends her women’s flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian.
Kicking off the main card is a heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Ilir Latifi. Lewis looks to build upon his split decision win over Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 244 in November as he competes in his home city of Houston.
Latifi makes his UFC heavyweight debut on Saturday night in hopes of picking up his first win in over two years. Most recently, “The Sledgehammer” suffered back-to-back losses to Corey Anderson and Volkan Oezdemir before moving up a weight class.
Here is how the heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Ilir Latifi went down at UFC 247, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the event, check them out right here.
Lewis gets the hometown pop as expected as the action begins. Lewis is landing big shots early and Latifi ties him up, looking for a big right hand of his own. Lewis holding Latifi against the fence and Latifi hands a pair of rights. Latifi claims he was poked in the eye and the referee keeps them going. Flying knee from Lewis! Latifi wraps his arms around Lewis’ waist and works for a takedown. After a battle against the fence, the referee separates. Head kick by Lewis, followed by a body kick as Latifi ties him up again. Lewis showing great defense as they separate. Lewis with a knee before Latifi ties him up against the fence as the horn sounds. Lewis shaking his head as he heads to the corner.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Lewis
Lewis with a jumping high switch kick to kick off the second round. Latifi answers with a hard leg kick and Lewis is a little more cautious. Another hard leg kick from Latifi. Lewis with a stinging body kick and another flying knee attempt from “The Black Beast”. Latifi ties Lewis against the fence and changes levels for a single. Latifi trying to move Lewis in whatever way he can as Lewis reverses position and lands an elbow. Latifi gets a full body lock and takes Lewis down. Latifi with a right hand in the half guard of Lewis. Under two minutes to go and Latifi looking to improve his position. Latifi not getting much behind his punches here as the referee is taking a close look. Latifi with a right hand to the body as the final minute approaches. Lewis still on is back and gets the standup he had hoped for from the referee. Lewis just misses a huge right hand and Latifi ties Lewis up, throwing him to the ground with a Greco-Roman throw. Latifi ends the round on top. Very interesting third round coming up.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Latifi
Right hand lands from Latifi and Lewis throws another flying knee. Latifi gets double under hooks once again and shoots for a takedown against the fence. Latifi finishes it and gets Lewis on the mat once more. Latifi with a short right hand over the top and a pair to the body of Lewis. The Houston crowd is not happy right now as Lewis looks to get back to his feet. Left hand from Latifi over the top as Lewis is trying to tie his opponent up, hoping to get another standup from the referee. Halfway through the round as Latifi works to a chorus of boos from the Toyota Center crowd. Lewis gives up his back and gets up to his feet. Lewis with another flying knee attempt and comes up short with a huge right hand. Latifi with double under hooks once again, tying Lewis against the fence. Latifi changes levels and Lewis defends this time, landing a knee to the body. Latifi hangs on, however, and takes Lewis down. Lewis gets right back to his feet in the final minute. Lewis with a huge kick that stings Latifi, Lewis follows up with a right hand and Latifi gets double unders again. Lewis with hard elbows to get separation. Lewis gets away and lands a huge uppercut and a big right hand. Lewis with another hard right hand as the horn sounds. What seemed like a clear win for Latifi may have changed with that final minute. We will see with these judges.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Lewis
Official result: Derrick Lewis def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
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