Derrick Lewis entered this fight with a professional record of 21-7-0 (90% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.5 heavyweight in the world but he comes off two consecutive losses, against Daniel Cormier (Daniel Cormier vs Derrick Lewis) and Junior dos Santos (Derrick Lewis vs Junior dos Santos); before these fights he had beat Alexander Volkov (Alexander Volkov vs Derrick Lewis).
His opponent, the black belt in judo, former world combat sambo and Wsof champion Blagoy Ivanov, has an official record of 18-2-0 (67% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.13 in the same weight class. He also lost to Junior dos Santos, in 2018 (via unanimous decision, Junior dos Santos vs Blagoy Ivanov), but then he has won over Ben Rothwell (Blagoy Ivanov vs Ben Rothwell) and Tai Tuivasa (Tai Tuivasa vs Blagoy Ivanov). Lewis vs Ivanov is on the undercard of Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz – UFC 244. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, USA
Division: heavyweight (265 lbs, 120 kg)
UFC 244 fight card (main fights):
Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz
Kelvin Gastelum vs Darren Till
Stephen Thompson vs Vicente Luque
Derrick Lewis vs Blagoy Ivanov
Kevin Lee vs Gregor Gillespie
Corey Anderson vs Johnny Walker
Lewis’ previous fight: Derrick Lewis vs Junior dos Santos
Ivanov’s previous fight: Tai Tuivasa vs Blagoy Ivanov
Lewis’s next fight: Derrick Lewis vs Ilir Latifi
Lewis vs Ivanov Fight Video:
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