'The Black Beast' is set to return to his hometown.
According to MMA Junkie, former two-time UFC Heavyweight Title challenger Derrick Lewis is set to face surging contender Tai Tuivasa at UFC 271, in Lewis' hometown of Houston, Texas.
Lewis (26-8) broke the record for most knockouts in UFC history when he quickly dispatched of Chris Daukaus in the main event of UFC Vegas 45, last month. Meanwhile Tuivasa (14-3) is currently riding a four-fight win streak in which he's won all four by knockout, including back-to-back KO of The Night performances over Greg Hardy and most recently Augusto Sakai at UFC 269, one week prior to Lewis' KO of Daukaus.
The updated card for UFC 271, which takes place from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Feb. 12, is as follows:
- Israel Adesanya (C) vs. Robert Whittaker — UFC Middleweight Championship
- Derrick Lewis vs. Tai Tuivasa
- Derek Brunson vs. Jared Cannonier
- Kyler Phillips vs. Marcelo Rojo
- Roxanne Modafferi vs. Casey O’Neill
- Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell
- Mark Madsen vs. Vinc Pichel
- Fabio Cherant vs. Carlos Ulberg
- Maxim Grishin vs. Ed Herman
- Ronnie Lawrence vs. Mana Martinez
- Alexander Hernandez vs. Renato Moicano
- AJ Dobson vs. Jacob Malkoun
- Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Sergey Morozov
- Orion Cosce vs. Mike Mathetha
Fightful will provide any and all updates to the UFC 271 event as they become available.