Derrick Lewis’ next challenge will be against one of the heavyweight division’s hottest prospects.
The UFC announced Thursday that Lewis (25-8, 1 NC) will fight Chris Daukaus (12-3) in a heavyweight bout at a UFC Fight Night event on Dec. 18, with a location still to be determined.
ESPN was first to report the news.
Lewis, the No. 4-ranked heavyweight in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings, recently saw a four-fight winning streak end at the hands of Ciryl Gane at UFC 265. “The Black Beast” defeated Curtis Blaydes, Aleksei Oleinik, Ilir Latifi, and Blagoy Ivanov to set up an interim clash with Gane, but he succumbed to strikes in the third round of their August matchup. Lewis’ UFC record fell to 16-6 with the loss.
Daukaus entered this past Saturday’s UFC 266 event as MMA Fighting’s No. 11-ranked heavyweight, a number that is likely to change soon after he scored a second-round TKO of Shamil Abdurakhimov. In four UFC appearances, Daukaus has finished all of his opponents with only Abdurakhimov making it out of the first round.