While the UFC has been busy filling up the UFC 208 fight card for Brooklyn, two announced bouts on Thursday stood out amid the others.
Amongst the bevy of bouts added, a heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Travis Browne promises bombs will be dropped. Another pivotal bout that stood out among Thursday’s announcements was a lightweight battle between Dustin Poirier and Jim Miller.
Though he was overly critical of himself in his most recent fight – a victory over Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC Albany – Lewis (17-4, 1NC) has been red hot of late. After a couple of ups and downs to start his Octagon tenure, Lewis has now won five consecutive fights, four of them via knockout or TKO.
It wasn’t that long ago that Browne (18-5-1) was in Lewis’ position as the next big thing in the heavyweight division. 2016 was tough for the Hawaiian, having won his first fight of the year, but then dropping back-to-back bouts to Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, two former champions, to close it out.
Poirier (20-5) had a successful run at featherweight, but after losing to Conor McGregor in 2014, he returned to lightweight. After winning the first four bouts of his current lightweight run, Poirier got knocked out by Michael Johnson in his last trip to the Octagon.
Miller (28-8, 1NC) bounced back this year from a rough patch that saw him lose four out of five fights during a two-year span. He has won his three most recent fights, getting the better of the likes of Takanori Gomi, Joe Lauzon, and Thiago Alves.
UFC 208 takes place on Feb. 11 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and features the promotion’s inaugural women’s featherweight championship between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie. Check out the MMAWeekly.com UFC 208 event page for the full flurry of recent additions to the fight card.