Pros react to Derrick Lewis defeating Ilir Latifi at UFC 247

Derrick Lewis, UFC rankings

A heavyweight bout featuring former title challenger Derrick Lewis against Ilir Latifi took place on the main card of tonight’s UFC 247 event.

Lewis (22-7 MMA) was most previously seen in action at November’s UFC 244 event, where he picked up a split decision victory over Blagoy Ivanov. ‘The Black Beast’ entered UFC 247 having gone 3-3 over his past six Octagon appearances, which included wins over Alexander Volkov and Francis Ngannou.

Meanwhile, Ilir Latifi (14-7 MMA) was making his heavyweight debut at tonight’s event in Houston, this after 7-5 run inside the promotions light heavyweight division. In his most previous effort at August’s UFC event in Uruguay, Latifi suffered a second round knockout loss to Volkan Oezdemir.

Tonight’s Lewis vs. Latifi fight proved to be a highly contested affair. Latifi forced the clinch early and often, and then used the position to score some timely takedowns. However, Derrick Lewis landed the more significant strikes throughout the course of the fight, which ultimately resulted in him getting his hand raised.

Official UFC 247 Result: Derrick Lewis def. Ilir Latifi by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Check out how the pros reacted to Lewis defeating Latifi at UFC 247 below:

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This article first appeared on February 8, 2020

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