Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing its brand of mixed martial arts (MMA) to the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, for some reason, with a slam-bang main event atop UFC on ESPN+ 4 pitting ex-heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos, against heavy-handed former title contender, Derrick Lewis.
That’s according to a report from MMA Junkie.
Dos Santos (20-5) joins the March 9 fight card on the strength of his technical knockout victory over Tai Tuivasa at the UFC Fight Night 142 headliner last month in Adelaide. It was the second straight win for “Cigano” after outpointing Blagoy Ivanov at UFC Fight Night 133 last summer.
As for Lewis (21-6, 1 NC), he slugged his way into a last-minute title shot opposite Daniel Cormier at UFC 230, but watched his three fight win streak go up in smoke by way of “DC” submission midway through the second stanza.
While the heavyweight title picture is up in the air at the moment, thanks to some additional drama from Brock Lesnar — as well as this call out — there’s a solid chance Cormier retires in March, which could blow the division wide open.
Making Dos Santos vs. Lewis a pivotal fight for both combatants.
Elsewhere on the UFC on ESPN+ 4 fight card, Yana Kunitskaya collides with Marion Reneau in bantamweight action, while LFA heavyweight Jeff Hughes makes his Octagon debut opposite the venerable Daniel Spitz.
Stay tuned for more UFC on ESPN+ 4 fight card announcements in the coming weeks.