Derrick Lewis vs. Serghei Spivac Announced As UFC’s Nov. 19 Main Event

Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes, UFC Vegas 19
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Derrick Lewis punches Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The main event for the UFC’s November 19, 2022 Fight Night event has been announced.

Derrick Lewis (26-10, 1NC) is set to face Serghei Spivac (15-3) in a five-round heavyweight affair atop the card, promotion officials revealed Saturday. The event is once again expected to be housed inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The fight finds “The Black Beast” Lewis looking to bounce back from a quick, controversial stoppage loss at the hands of Alexander Romanov at UFC 277. While the fight ended by technical knockout just 55 seconds into the opening round, many watching, including UFC President Dana White, suggested the stoppage had been a little on the quick side.

The defeat was the second straight for Lewis, who was also knockout out by a Tai Tuivasa elbow in February 2022 at UFC 271.

Lewis has fought for both the UFC heavyweight championship and an interim title, but is just 1-3 across his last four contests.

Serghei Spivac is on a markedly different trajectory, having had his hand raised in his last two fights. Those victories, both coming by TKO, have come against notable names in Greg Hardy and Augusto Sakai. Spivac is 5-1 in his last six fights, after the Moldovan went 1-2 to start his UFC tenure.

The UFC’s November 19, 2022 Fight Night card has the following bouts attached:

  • Derrick Lewis vs. Serghei Spivac
  • Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Maria Oliveira
  • Kevin Natividad vs. Ricky Turcios
  • Cody Brundage vs. Rodolfo Vieira
  • Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Charles Johnson
  • Muslim Salikhov vs. André Fialho
  • Jennifer Maia vs. Maryna Moroz
  • Brady Hiestand vs. Fernie Garcia