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Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne joins Brooklyn's UFC 208 lineup
It’s been a good week for fighters who called for specific opponents.
The latest fighter to get his wish is Derrick Lewis (17-4 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who is slated to meet fellow heavyweight Travis Browne (18-5-1 MMA, 9-5-1 UFC) in early 2017.
The fight, first reported by ESPN.com, takes place at UFC 208. The event is slated for Feb. 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Lewis is No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, and Browne is No. 11.
Lewis recently picked up his fifth straight UFC win after scoring a fourth-round TKO win over Shamil Abdurakhimov in this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 102 headliner. Afterward, the 31-year-old expressed disappointment with his slow start and overall performance (watch the video above), but the heavy-handed fighter, who now has 15 knockouts in 17 career wins, mentioned Browne as a potential opponent for his next bout.
Lewis now gets his wish, and he meets a former top contender in Browne, who went 4-1 with victories over the likes of Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett from 2013-2014. However, the 34-year-old Hawaiian is stuck in a 1-3 skid that includes recent losses to former champs Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum.
The latest UFC 208 card now includes:
Germaine de Randamie vs. Holly Holm – for inaugural women’s featherweight title
Travis Browne vs. Derrick Lewis
Jared Cannonier vs. Glover Teixeira
Ian McCall vs. Neil Seery
Randy Brown vs. George Sullivan
Roan Carneiro vs. Ryan LaFlare