Lewis vs. Browne Targeted for UFC Brooklyn
Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis has become a fan-favorite in the UFC heavyweight division, and now he’ll have a shot at a top name to build himself off of. Lewis is reportedly set to face Travis Browne at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York on February 11.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Bret Okamoto.
Lewis (17-4) is fresh off his first headliner, as he defeated Shamil Abdurahimov by fourth-round TKO at the UFC’s debut in Albany, New York on Friday. The fight was a letdown for the typically exciting Lewis, as he struggled to mount his devastating brand of offense in the first three rounds. Nevertheless, Lewis got his fifth straight win and earned himself the chance to work himself up the heavyweight rankings.
While Lewis has been on the rise, Travis Browne (18-5-1) has suffered quite a fall since his early days as a promising talent in the heavyweight division. He is riding a two-fight losing streak, having been beaten convincingly by former champions Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez in his last two fights. He is 2-4 in his last six fights, with his last win streak coming back in 2013.
UFC 208 will include the inaugural women’s featherweight title fight between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie. It has not been confirmed whether that fight will serve as the main event, as a men’s featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway has been rumored for the Brooklyn show as well.