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Derrick Lewis vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov to headline UFC Fight Night 102 on Dec. 9 in Albany

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After having his main card bout opposite Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 97 scrapped, heavyweight Derrick Lewis will now headline UFC Fight Night 102 on Dec. 9 from Times Union Center in Albany, New York, against Russian veteran Shamil Abdurakhimov, per an announcement by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) late Friday (Oct. 14, 2016).

Lewis, 31, has been on a tear since losing to Shawn Jordan back in 2015. The heavyweight known as “Black Beast” has compiled a four-fight win streak with two first-round finishes and a key decision victory over Roy Nelson back at UFC Fight Night 90. This will be the first time Lewis will headline a UFC event.

As for Abdurakhimov, who is fresh off a split-decision victory over Walt Harris earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 96, this is a huge opportunity to climb the heavyweight ranks with a win over one of the hottest fighters in the division. Abdurakhimov, 35, has compiled a 2-1 record since entering the promotion back in 2015, dropping a knockout loss to Timothy Johnson back at UFC Fight Night 63.

New York native Aljamain Sterling will also compete at UFC Fight Night 102 as he takes on Brazilian veteran Raphael Assuncao in an ultra-important bantamweight bout.

Stick with Mania as more UFC Fight Night 102 fight card news becomes available.

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