Derrick Lewis Likely To Return At UFC 244 In MSG

Derrick Lewis

It appears Derrick Lewis is prepared to make his return to action later this year.

According to a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the UFC is working on bringing “The Black Beast” back against Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 244. The action goes down from Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 2. No fights have been made official for that card as of this writing.

“Breaking: UFC is working on a bout between Derrick Lewis and Blagoy Ivanov for UFC 244 at MSG. Almost one year to the date of Lewis’ title shot against DC in the same building, and his first appearance since knee surgery earlier this year.”

Lewis is currently on a two-fight losing streak. His first defeat coming against Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight title at UFC 230. “DC” submitted the Texan in the second round. Lewis returned this past March against former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. However, Lewis was finished in the second round via TKO.

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Now, the 34-year-old seems to be getting over a severe leg injury, and is ready to return against Ivanov. Ivanov is on a two-fight win streak and has only ever lost twice in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The only two men to have defeated Ivanov were Alexander Volkov and Junior dos Santos – both men Lewis has already fought.

What do you think about Lewis returning against Ivanov in New York?