The lights seem destined to go out on someone—a common occurrence
in the volatile
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight division.
Game-changing punching power will be on the menu when Derrick
Lewis meets Sergei
Pavlovich in a featured UFC
277 attraction on Saturday at the American Airlines Center in
Dallas. The two behemoths have combined for 20 first-round
knockouts. Lewis has followed a four-fight winning streak by losing
two of his past three bouts. He last appeared at UFC 271, where he
was short-circuited by a Tai Tuivasa
elbow strike in the second round of their Feb. 12 encounter.
Pavlovich, meanwhile, enters the cage with the wind of a
three-fight winning streak in his sails. He last competed on March
19, when he dispatched Shamil
Abdurakhimov with punches in the first round of their UFC Fight
Night 204 pairing.
As Lewis and Pavlovich creep ever closer to their upcoming battle,
a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this
37: Years of age for Lewis, who was born in New
Orleans on Feb. 7, 1985.
21: Lewis wins by knockout or technical knockout,
accounting for 81% of his career total (26). His list of UFC
victims: Abdurakhimov, Chris
Pesta, Ruan Potts
Inocente. Lewis holds one other win by submission (4%) and four
more by decision (15%).
46: Seconds needed for Lewis to maul Jay Peche with
punches at an Immortal Kombat Fighting show on Sept. 3, 2011.
Having occurred more than a decade ago, it remains his fastest
finish to date.
13: Consecutive calendar years in which Lewis has
fought at least once. In addition to his 0-1 mark in 2022, Lewis
went 3-1 in 2010, 3-1 in 2011, 2-0 with one no contest in 2012, 1-0
in 2013, 2-1 in 2014, 2-1 in 2015, 4-0 in 2016, 1-1 in 2017, 3-1 in
2018, 1-1 in 2019, 2-0 in 2020 and 2-1 in 2021.
128: Combined victories between the eight
men—Tuivasa, Ciryl Gane,
Cormier, Mark Hunt,
Jordan (twice), Matt
Mitrione and Tony
Johnson —who have beaten Lewis. They boast a .696 cumulative
winning percentage (128-55-1).
30: Years of age for Pavlovich, who was born on
May 13, 1992 in Orlovsky, Russia.
12: Pavlovich victories by knockout or technical
knockout, accounting for 80% of his career total (15). He
victimized his first six opponents as a professional, all of them
inside one round. Pavlovich owns three other victories by decision
3: Sub-minute finishes on the Pavlovich resume. He
Buinachev with punches in 20 seconds at Fight Nights Global
“Cup of Moscow” on March 21, 2015, punched out Vladimir
Daineko in 24 seconds at FNG “Sochi” on July 31, 2015 and
brought down Sultan
Murtazaliev with punches in 59 seconds at FNG “Dagestan” on
Sept. 25, 2015.
5: Countries in which Pavlovich has competed as a
mixed martial artist. He has gone 12-0 in his native Russia, 1-0 in
Slovakia, 1-0 in Singapore, 1-0 in England and 0-1 in China.
.702: Cumulative winning percentage between the
three men—Abdurakhimov, Maurice
Greene and Marcelo
Golm—Pavlovich has defeated since he joined the UFC roster in
2018. They sport a combined record of 40-17.