Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich in the works for July 30 card expected as UFC 277


Heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Sergei Pavlovich are expected to meet on July 30 at the upcoming card that is expected to be UFC 277 on pay-per-view.

Multiple people who were aware of the plans for the promotion confirmed that the information was available to MMA Fighting Wednesday. ESPN initially reported the matchup.

The fight will serve as the biggest opportunity for Pavlovich since he suffered a loss to Alistair Overeem in his octagon debut back in 2018. Since that fight, Pavlovich has rattled off three straight wins — all by knockout — while defeating Marcelo Golm, Maurice Greene and most recently a victory over Shamil Abdurakhimov in March.

Pavlovich now wants to continue his win streak against the dangerous heavyweight in the sport.

Lewis has been a highlight reel performer for almost every fight he’s had in the UFC with a slew of jaw-dropping knockouts on his resume. Lewis’ five victories have included stops over Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukaus, as well as Aleksei Olenik.

When he returns in July, Lewis will be attempting to bounce back from a knockout loss after he fell to Tai Tuivasa at UFC 271 in his hometown of Houston.

Lewis vs. Pavlovich is the latest addition to the July 30 card, which is expected to serve as the second pay-per-view that month with UFC 276 also planned for July 2.