Tape rankings @ Heavyweight
Who won Lewis vs Ivanov?
Derrick Lewis beat Blagoy Ivanov by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of UFC 244, on Saturday 2nd November 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Derrick Lewis.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Lewis vs Ivanov stats
Derrick Lewis stepped into the ring with a record of 21 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, 18 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Blagoy Ivanov made his way to the ring with a record of 18 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 6 by submission.
The stats suggested Lewis had a massive power advantage over Ivanov, boasting at 86% knock out percentage over Ivanov's 33%.
Derrick Lewis was the older man by 2 years, at 36 years old.
Lewis had a height advantage of 4 inches over Ivanov. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Lewis was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 8 more fights, and made his debut in 2010, 2 year and 5 months later than Ivanov, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He had fought 23 more professional rounds, 75 to Ivanov's 52.
Lewis vs Ivanov form
Lewis had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Aleksei Oleinik at UFC Vegas 6 on 8th August 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Ilir Latifi at UFC 247 on 8th February 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Toyota Center, Houston.
Going into that contest, he had beat Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 244 on 2nd November 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Before that, he had been beaten by Junior dos Santos at UFC on ESPN+ 4 on 9th March 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita.
He had lost to Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 on 3rd November 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Heavyweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Lewis' last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.
Ivanov's last 4 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.5 rounds on average.