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UFC 216: Derrick Lewis ends short retirement to fight former champ

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After a short retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts, Derrick Lewis (18-5) is ready to make his return at UFC 216. 

A heavyweight bout between Lewis and former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1) will take place on October 7th inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Werdum is coming off a loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 213 that put ‘The Reem’ up 2-1 in their career series. 

Lewis is 1-1 thus far during his 2017 campaign with a dramatic victory over Travis Browne and a soul crushing loss to Mark Hunt, that made him rethink his career choice, to his credit. Werdum is currently ranked at #2 in the official UFC Heavyweight rankings while Lewis is #7. 

Here’s a look at the current card for this year’s October PPV:

UFC 216

October 7, 2017
T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada

Main Event
TBA vs. TBA

Interim Lightweight Tile Bout
Tony Ferguson (22-3) vs. Kevin Lee (16-2)

Heavyweight Bout
Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1) vs. Derrick Lewis (18-5)

Women’s Flyweight Bout
Paige VanZant (7-3) vs. Jessica Eye (11-6)

Lightweight Bout
Evan Dunham (18-6) vs. Beneil Dariush (14-3)

Lightweight Bout
Will Brooks (18-3) vs. Nik Lentz (27-8-2)

Heavyweight Bout
Walt Harris (10-5) vs. Mark Godbeer (12-3)

Flyweight Bout
Matt Schnell (10-4) vs. Marc Antonio Beltran (8-5)

Flyweight Bout
Magomed Bibulatov (14-0) vs. John Moraga (17-6)

Women’s Strawweight Bout
Pearl Gonzalez (6-2) vs. Poliana Botelho (5-1)

Lightweight Bout
Lando Vannata (9-2) vs. Bobby Green (23-8)

Middlweight Bout
Brad Tavares (15-4) vs. Thales Leites (27-7)

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