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UFC 244 live blog: Derrick Lewis vs. Blagoy Ivanov

Derrick Lewis faces off with Blagoy Ivanov ahead of their heavyweight bout Saturday at UFC 244 in New York City
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This is the UFC 244 live blog for Derrick Lewis vs. Blagoy Ivanov, a heavyweight bout at Saturday’s UFC event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Lewis, currently on the first losing streak of his career, faces Ivanov, who has won two straight and seven of his last eight, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 244 live blog below.

Round 1: Todd Anderson the third man in the cage for this fight. Lewis looking to walk Ivanov down. Neither man taking any risks a minute in. Lewis lands a kick to the body, Ivanov catches the leg and trips Lewis down. Ivanov gets past the legs right away and into side control. Ivanov goes for an Americana and Lewis scrambles out quickly. Lewis head-hunting against the cage and he lands an uppercut. He narrowly avoids a follow-up head kick. Ivanov with the body lock. Lewis fights for underhooks and pushes Ivanov against the fence. Takedown by Lewis, but Ivanov is back up before any damage can be done. Elbow in the clinch by Lewis. They separate and Lewis lands another good right hand, Ivanov seems to be withstanding the shots though. Straight left to the body by Ivanov.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Lewis.

Round 2: “Derrick Lewis” chant to start round two. Glancing left hand by Ivanov backs Lewis up. They clinch and Lewis pushes Ivanov to the cage, then throws an uppercut as they separate. Inside leg kick by Lewis. Straight right by Lewis, it looks like Ivanov is hurt by a follow-up punch. Big flurry from both men, Lewis appears to stumble, though it looked more like a trip than a knockdown. Ivanov slows him with a takedown and gets into side control again. He’s hunting for the Americana again. Lewis with the thumbs up with his free hand. And he’s out. He rushes forward with winging punches again. Ivanov still upright. Two minutes remaining in the round. Visible cut under Ivanov’s right eye. Back to the clinch and Lewis is against the cage now. Lewis throws a knee up the middle, then an uppercut. Ivanov is bloodied, but still has not been knocked down. Nice straight right by Ivanov and he presses the action. Ivanov with an impressive trip to end the round. The buzzer sounds as he’s going for a 10-finger guillotine.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Lewis. Overall, 20-18 Lewis.

Round 3: Little action in the first minute of the final round. Right hand by Lewis bounces off the side of Ivanov’s head. Straight right by Ivanov and it’s back to the clinch against the fence. Knee to the body by Ivanov. They’re stuck in the clinch. Lewis locks a trip and they’re back in the center of the cage with half a round remaining. Straight right scores for Ivanov, he avoids a wild uppercut, then lands a hook of his own. Lewis with a shot that gets stuffed by Ivanov. Back up, Lewis chases Ivanov and gets clipped by a counter right. They settle down against the cage with less than a minute remaining. Lewis ends with a flurry of punches, Ivanov’s chin holding up as it has all fight.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Ivanov. Overall, 29-28 Lewis.

Official result: Derrick Lewis def. Blagoy Ivanov via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)