Derrick Lewis will be back in the Octagon at UFC 277 on July 30th to fight Sergei Pavlovich at a location still to be confirmed.
The match-up comes at a time when Lewis is coming off a tough knockout loss to Tai Tuivasa back at UFC 271 in February. That was ‘The Black Beast’s’ second loss via strikes in his last three fights, with Ciryl Gane having stopped him by TKO in August of last year.
Inbetween times Lewis had claimed a KO win over Chris Daukaus though, and beforehand had also picked up four wins in a row, beating Blagoy Ivanov, Ilir Latifi, Alexey Oleinik and Curtis Blaydes along the way.
Now he’ll go up against the 29-year-old Pavlovich, who lost his UFC debut by TKO against Alistair Overeem back in 2018, but has since amassed a three-fight winning streak.
That run began with a KO finish against Marcelo Golm, followed by a TKO stoppage of Maurice Greene and most recently saw him TKO Shamil Abdurakhimov in March of this year.
That run leaves Pavlovich ranked No.11 in the heavyweight division, six place behind Lewis, who holds the No.5 spot heading into a UFC 277 event that is yet to have any title fights announced for it, though it does also feature a middleweight fight between Sean Strickland and Alex Pereira.