Browne vs. Lewis Moved to Halifax Main Event
The UFC lost their heavyweight main event for UFC: Halifax on February 19, but has gained a new one: the heavyweight fight between Travis Browne and Derrick Lewis that was planned for UFC 208 in Brooklyn will not serve as the main event to the Halifax card.
Yahoo’s Kevin Iole reported the news.
The event had been planned to be main evented by a rematch between Junior Dos Santos and Stefan Struve, but that fight was scrapped when Struve was forced out with a shoulder injury. The UFC could not find a replacement for Dos Santos, so the former champ was pulled from the card as well.
Browne vs. Lewis had been set to take place on the pay-per-view main card of UFC 208 in Brooklyn, which takes place on Feb. 11. Instead they will fight a week later, and the bout will be scheduled for five rounds rather than three.
Lewis (17-4) is riding a five-fight winning streak, a rare feat in the heavyweight division. Against Travis Browne he has the chance to earn a sixth straight win over a big-name opponent.
Browne (18-5-1) is in the midst of the roughest skid of his career. He is just 2-4 in his last six fights, including two losses in his most recent bouts. He has reportedly left Glendale Fight Club, where he trained under the highly-maligned Edmond Tarverdyan.