UFC: Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov in the works for UFC 229 co-headliner

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The UFC is close to finalizing a heavyweight fight between Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov for UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White told ESPN.

Lewis is ranked #2 in the world and is riding on a two-fight win streak with him recently beating Francis Ngannou in a lackluster performance at UFC 226 last month. Lewis apologized for his performance immediately after. He also admitted to suffering from a back injury prior to the bout.

Russian fighter Volkov is on a six-fight winning streak and looks to be headlining with comrade Khabib. “Drago” is coming off a 4th round KO over former Champ Fabricio Werdum at UFC London.

He defeated former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum by fourth-round knockout in his most recent contest at UFC Fight Night 127 in March.

The UFC 229 lineup now includes:

  • Champ Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor – for the lightweight title
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Yana Kunitskaya vs. Lina Lansberg

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