BREAKING: Derrick Lewis Next Fight Announced at UFC in November

Published 08/19/2020, 12:31 AM EDT


Derrick Lewis wishes to chart a way back to his title scene in the UFC heavyweight division. Following his third win on the trot, ‘The Black Beast’ called out higher-ranked contender Curtis Blaydes. 

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For his part, Blaydes accepted the challenge. Also, the UFC sees great potential in this heavyweight clash and have booked the duo to headline the Fight Night on November 28. 

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Read: “I Call Dibs!”- Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis Call out Each Other

Per Brett Okamoto, Breaking: Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis will headline UFC Fight Night on 11/28, location TBD. Blaydes asked for it, knows Lewis is a fan favorite, and wants to build momentum. Lewis was down, wanted time to get in peak shape. Should be good.”

The second-ranked heavyweight opened up after the UFC made the bout official. He said, “I’m happy and excited about it. This is the one I asked for, and I’m happy the UFC listened and made it a main event. I know Derrick Lewis is a name, he has a large following and a win over him will solidify my case as the next one to go after the heavyweight title. I know Ngannou is up next, and I want to build my case for after him.”

Derrick Lewis could see massive rankings jump if he wins

Following his second-round T/KO victory against Aleksei Oleinik, Lewis revealed that he wished to drop weight before returning to fight. He also said that a December return would be ideal for him. 

However, November shouldn’t prove to be a massive hindrance as it will be just 48 hours ahead of when he wished to re-enter the octagon.

Read: Derrick Lewis Creates History- Breaks Record for UFC Heavyweight Knockouts

Despite claiming a win, he fell in the UFC rankings as Jairzinho Rozenstruik ascended two spots after beating Junior Dos Santos.

A win over ‘Razor’ can go a large way in turning around this rankings fiasco for Lewis. 

Blaydes set the UFC heavyweight record for takedowns landed in his last fight in June. He managed to get Alexander Volkov on the ground 14 times over three rounds. 

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Read: Curtis Blaydes Breaks Cain Velasquez’s Record for Most UFC Heavyweight Takedowns

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Meanwhile, ‘The Black Beast’ demolished a submission machine to claim a record 11th KO in the UFC heavyweight division. He will back his chances against ‘Razor’ as the wrestler has lost only twice in his UFC career. Both have come against the striker, Francis Ngannou. 

The striker vs wrestler will be very interesting with both looking to keep the fight where they are most comfortable. Who do you think will prevail and have the best shot at a future world title opportunity?

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Reubyn Coutinho

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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