A clash between former champion Junior Dos Santos and fan-favourite Derrick Lewis is set to headline the UFC on ESPN+ 4 when the world’s leading mixed martial arts outfit head to the state of Kansas for the first time this March.
The top 10 heavyweights have verbally agreed to lock horns on March 9 at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, as confirmed by MMA Fighting after MMA Junkie provided an initial report on Monday.
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A former UFC heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos is looking to extend his winning streak, following a pair of victories against Blagoy Ivanov and Tai Tuivasa. The heavy-hitting Brazilian star cruised to a unanimous decision win against his Bulgarian opponent before racking up a second-round stoppage of Tuivasa in Adelaide, Australia.
Dos Santos currently holds a 14-4 win-loss record at UFC and is 20-5 in professional mixed martial arts. Some of his notable Octagon wins include Stipe Miocic, Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, and Frank Mir. He was undefeated in his first nine outings since making his debut in 2008 until Velasquez dealt him his first defeat in 2012, which also cost him the UFC heavyweight belt.
It’s been a while since the 34-year old fighter held the heavyweight championship. He last captured the chip in 2011, when he knocked out Velasquez in their first meeting. Two years ago, he got another crack at the belt but lost to Miocic via first-round TKO.
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Meanwhile, Derrick Lewis last saw actions at UFC 230 in November, where he challenged reigning champion Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight strap. Unfortunately for Lewis, the fight ended early as he was submitted by DC in the first round with a rear-naked choke.
But before that humiliating loss, “The Black Beast” essayed a sensational win against Alexander Volkov at UFC 229. He turned the tables late in the final round to pull off one of the most dramatic come-from-behind wins last year.
The 29-year old Volkov was impressive from the get-go and was on the driver seat for over 14 minutes. But just before the final bell rang, Lewis pulled to his bag of tricks and delivered a killer blow that sent Volkov to the canvass.
UFC 229:Derrick Lewis def. Alexander Volkov via KO (punches) at 4:49 of R3 pic.twitter.com/VkcJJH41PW
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The win gave Lewis his ninth win in 10 previous fights and his 10th knockout in his UFC career, tying former champion Cain Velazquez for most number of knockouts in the heavyweight class. Lewis also provided one of the most classic post-fight Octagon interviews, where he removed his shorts in front of Joe Rogan in his immortal “my balls were hot” remark.
Will Junior Dos Santos continue his winning ways? Or will Derrick Lewis return to the win column? Who you got? Tell us in the comment section below.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Derrick Lewis and Junior Dos Santos)