Lewis (21-7-0-1NC) is going to be competing for the first time since getting knee surgery, which came after a loss to former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC Fight Night Wichita. Lewis has previously challenged for the UFC Heavyweight Title, losing to Daniel Cormier via second round submission at UFC 230. Lewis hasn’t picked up a win in almost a year, with that last victory coming over Alexander Volkov at UFC 229.
Ivanov (18-2-0-1NC) enters the contest on the strength of a two fight winning streak, defeating the duo of Ben Rothwell and Tai Tuivasa. Ivanov is a former World Series Of Fighting Heavyweight Champion, defeating Smealinho Rama to win the gold at the WSOF 21. Ivanov has suffered two losses as a professional MMA fighter, with those defeats coming to the duo of Alexander Volkov and Junior Dos Santos.
UFC 244 takes place on Saturday, November 2 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.