Sergei Pavlovich stops Derrick Lewis in the first at UFC 277

Mar 19, 2022; London, UK; Sergei Pavlovich (blue gloves) defeats Shamil Abdurakhimov (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

On the main card of UFC 277, one of the most popular heavyweights in the promotion made his return. The heavyweight knockout king Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis (26-9, 1 NC) returned to the octagon as he takes on the surging Sergei Pavlovich (15-1).

Entering UFC 277, Pavlovich has won his last three fights and all three have come via first round stoppage. In his last fight back in March, he stopped Shamil Abdurakhimov by first round stoppage.

Derrick Lewis was looking to bounce back after his loss to Tai Tuivasa at UFC 271. Lewis is 5-2 in his last seven fights but just 1-2 in his last three. His last win came against Chris Daukaus back in December by knockout. Worth noting, Lewis is 6-1 in his career coming off a loss.

UFC 277 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 277 heavyweight battle started with immediate pressure from The Black Beast. Pavlovich starts pressing forward after a low kick lands from Lewis. Lots of feints from Pavlovich early on. Lewis trying to gauge the range on the outside.

Big shots from Pavlovich land and Derrick Lewis is hurt badly. Lewis is trying to answer back, but Pavlovich is all over him here. More big shots from Pavlovich and Lewis goes down. Quick trigger stop from the referee and this one is over. Pavlovich gets the knockout finish at UFC 277 and once again, Derrick Lewis falls short in Texas.

Sergei Pavlovich def. Derrick Lewis by TKO – Round 1

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