- Derrick Lewis has opened as the slight -115 betting favorite versus Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 277.
- Pavlovich (-105) will be the betting underdog for the first time in his UFC career.
- Lewis and Pavlovich are booked to fight at UFC 277 on July 30, 2022.
UFC’s knockout king Derrick Lewis is a slight betting favorite to beat Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 277.
According to the best UFC betting sites, the Black Beast is a -115 betting favorite against Pavlovich who came back at -105 odds:
— BestFightOdds (@BestFightOdds) June 7, 2022
Lewis holds the UFC record for most knockout wins in the history of the UFC with 13 but will be trying to bounce back after suffering a knockout loss twice in his last three bouts.
Tai Tuivasa Upsets Derrick Lewis with Wild KO
Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa upsets Derrick Lewis with the WILD KO 😳 pic.twitter.com/V36FZtyV67
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 13, 2022
In his last bout, Lewis suffered a second-round knockout loss to Tai Tuivasa in their UFC 271 bout last February 12, 2022, in Houston, Texas. Two fights earlier, the Black Beast was also stopped in his tracks by Cyril Gane when the two fought for the interim UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 265 in August 2021.
Despite his recent struggles, the 37-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana is still the no. 5 ranked heavyweight in the UFC. Lewis is a former Legacy FC heavyweight champion who also fought under Bellator MMA. He joined the UFC in 2014 and challenged Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 230. Lewis has an impressive record of 26-9 with 21 knockouts and one submission victory.
This marks the second straight fight where Lewis has opened as the slight betting favorite in a UFC bout. The Black Beast opened at -126 odds in his last bout against Tuivasa. Prior to that, he was the betting underdog in three consecutive bouts against Curtis Blaydes (+340), Cyril Gane (+275), and Chris Daukaus (+128). Lewis knocked out both Blaydes and Daukaus.
Sergei Pavlovich Stops Shamil Abudrakhimov
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) March 19, 2022
Pavlovich meanwhile is on the rise. The 30-year-old Russian has won three consecutive bouts, all via first-round knockout, since losing his UFC debut in 2018. In his most recent Octagon appearance, Pavlovich stopped Shamil Abdurakhimov with a Performance of the Night-winning effort at UFC London last March 19, 2022.
A former Fight Nights Global heavyweight champion, Pavlovich won the FNG heavyweight Grand Prix and became the promotion’s inaugural heavyweight king. He joined the UFC after successfully defending his belt against Kiril Sidelnikov at Fight Nights Global 79 in 2017. Overall, Pavlovich has a record of 15-1 with 12 knockouts.
Pavlovich will be the betting underdog for the first time in his UFC career. He was the -120 betting favorite when he lost to Overeem in his UFC debut. Pavlovich opened and closed as the odds on favorite of at least -225 odds in his last three Octagon appearances.