The Ultimate Fighting Championship appears close to finalizing one of its first big bouts for one of the biggest cards of 2019.
As per a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, former Heavyweight title contender and No. 5 ranked Derrick “Black Beast” Lewis will soon be set to take on Bulgarian 10th ranked Blagoy Ivanov in a key bout that will take place at UFC 244 in New York City, New York.
Lewis (21-7, 12-5 in UFC) is currently on a two-fight skid after dropping losses to Junior dos Santos this past March, and Daniel Cormier last fall in a failed attempt to claim the UFC Heavyweight title. Lewis is otherwise still a credible contender in the division with a dozen wins in the division, the third most of any active Heavyweight, with 10 of them coming by way of knockout or TKO.
Ivanov (18-2, 2-1 in UFC) has asked for this bout with Lewis after garnering a unanimous decision victory over Tai Tuivasa in his last bout. Ivanov is a former World Series of Fighting (Now called Profession Fight League or ‘PFL’) Heavyweight champion who successfully defended that title four times, the most of any Heavyweight champion in a major promotion. Of Ivanov’s 18 career wins, six have come by way of knockout or TKO and another six by submission.
UFC 244 takes place at the famous Madison Square Garden arena in New York City, New York on November 2 and will broadcast live on pay per view.