‘The Black Beast’ is back on Saturday at UFC 277

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The Derrick Lewis next fight news is in, and “The Black Beast” is set to return Saturday at the UFC’s second pay-per-view card in July. And welcoming him back to the Octagon will be a ranked opponent from Russia.

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Who will Derrick Lewis next fight be against?

Lewis will make his long-awaited return to the action on July 30 at UFC 277. On that night in Dallas, Texas he will face a serious challenge in fellow power puncher Sergei Pavlovich. The 29-year-old has fought in the UFC only four times despite being on the roster since 2018. However, in his four appearances, he has shown how dangerous of a foe he can be by winning three of those by first-round knockout.

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How to watch Lewis vs Pavlovich on July 30

  • Moreno vs Kara-France 2 will take place at UFC 277 on July 30
  • This UFC fight card takes place inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas
  • The main card pay-per-view will cost $74.99 and kicks off at 10 pm ET exclusively on ESPN+

Derrick Lewis vs Sergei Pavlovich preview

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Lewis vs Pavlovich is a clash between two massive 6-foot-3 heavyweights who come in just under the division limit on fight night. Both are smashing machines and there is enough evidence to expect that this fight will not go the distance.

  • UFC 277 betting odds: Derrick Lewis (-115), Sergei Pavlovich (-105)

Feeling the pressure: After winning four straight and getting an interim title fight last summer, Lewis is at a bit of a career crossroads after losing two of his last three. He was completely nullified and out-skilled by Ciryl Gane last year at UFC 265 and handed the first legitimate knockout loss of his career by Tai Tuivasa in February. If he were to lose this scrap, all the top-five relevancy he built up with his winning streak would be totally gone.

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A return to the big leagues: Pavlovich had a seriously tough fight in his promotional debut when he faced former title challenger Alistair Overeem. Since then he scored three dominant victories, and his March win over Shamil Abdurakhimov was his first against a top-15 foe in the UFC. Lewis will be his return to the elite level of the division. If he wants to be a true contender eventually, he has to prove it by getting the W against the American in July.

The bottom line: This is a very important fight for both fighters as they enter it from different points in their careers. Both men need it, but someone has to lose. On paper, this matchup is built to be a monstrous slugfest, and that is a win for fight fans.

What makes Derrick Lewis so popular?

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You would think being named “The Black Beast” should strike fear in the hearts of observers of the sport. However, in the case of Lewis, while he surely gives opponents cold sweats, he has become a beloved and comedic figure in the MMA industry. From his admiration of Popeye’s chicken to his hilariously infamous hot balls moment at UFC 229 in 2018, he has become an adored and one-of-a-kind figure in the UFC.

However, what the Texan has done inside the Octagon is no laughing matter as he has charted a path of destruction over his 21 Octagon appearances.

  • Derrick Lewis record: 26-9 (21 knockouts, 1 submission)
  • Lewis has the most KO’s in UFC history at 13. Five of those came in the first round
  • During his time in the promotion, Lewis has scored notable wins against familiar names like Roy Nelson, Travis Browne, Alexander Volkov, Curtis Blaydes (twice), Aleksei Oleinik, and even current heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou
  • Lewis has lost in both of his heavyweight title opportunities. In 2018 versus Daniel Cormier, and last year against Gane in an interim championship bout.
  • “The Black Beast” hit a new stratosphere of popularity with his infamous “my balls were hot” moment in 2018. Where he removed his fight shorts before a victory interview with Joe Rogan
  • Before he became an MMA star, Lewis spent three-and-a-half years in jail for a parole violation

Derrick Lewis’ net worth

The measure of a fighter often comes down to the bucks they’ve made during a career of fisticuffs. As of right now, Derrick Lewis’ net worth is speculated to be upwards of $1.5 million.

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