Matches to Make for Winners and Losers from UFC 247

Matches to Make for Winners and Losers from UFC 247

Derrick Lewis def.

His opponent, former light heavyweight contender Ilir Latifi, put up a good fight, but “The Black Beast” fired enough of his patented heavy artillery to earn the judges’ favor.

With this win, Lewis built on the momentum of a similarly grueling victory over Blagoi Ivanov, and further separated himself from a pair of stoppage losses to former champions Junior dos Santos and Daniel Cormier.

Under ordinary circumstances, Blaydes probably would have earned a title shot with his consecutive wins over Justin Willis, Shamil Abdurakhimov and dos Santos, but with Daniel Cormier and Francis Ngannou ahead of him in the race for a crack at the champion Stipe Miocic, he likely has a bit more work to do.

A fight with Lewis makes all the sense in the world to that end.

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