A pair of heavyweights moving in opposite directions will meet in the middle next year.
Travis Browne, loser of three of his last four, and Derrick Lewis, winner of five in a row, will fight at UFC 208 in Brooklyn on Feb. 11, 2017, at the Barclays Center.
Lewis (17-4, 8-2 UFC) is coming off a fourth-round stoppage of Shamil Abdurakhimov last weekend at UFC Fight Night in Albany. It was the fourth stoppage in his last five wins.
Browne (18-5-1, 9-5-1) last fought in September at UFC 203 and lost a unanimous decision to Fabricio Werdum. Browne’s last victory came in January with a third-round stoppage of Matt Mitrione.
UFC 208 in Brooklyn will be the promotion’s second event in the city and third in the state since New York voted last March to overturn its ban on professional mixed martial arts. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday.
Latest UFC 208 fight card
Women’s featherweight title: Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie
Light heavyweight: Jared Cannonier vs. Glover Teixeira
Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Derrick Lewis
Welterweight: Ryan LaFlare vs. Roan Carneiro
Welterweight: Randy Brown vs. George Sullivan
Flyweight: Ian McCall vs. Neil Seery