UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis Preview

UFC heavyweight fighter Curtis Blaydes attends a media session. Greg Baker / AFP
UFC heavyweight fighter Curtis Blaydes attends a media session. Greg Baker / AFP

Derrick Lewis vs. Curtis Blaydes

UFC Heavyweight Main Event Bout

Two of the UFC’s most well-known heavyweight’s step into the octagon this weekend, in what should be a contest of epic proportions.

‘The Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis has made his name through sheer power and knockout capabilities. He holds the record for most knockouts in the UFC heavyweight division and can put his opponent’s lights out anytime in the fight.

Curtis Blaydes has two sole losses during his professional career, and the name Francis Ngannou could haunt him forever with two defeats in the same fashion. With that said, minus Ngannou, Blaydes would be competing for the heavyweight strap because his skillset is undeniably elite.

We should expect Lewis to fall victim to the high-level wrestling offence of Blaydes, the one-punch knockout will always be a threat, but I believe the elite wrestling of Blaydes will leave Lewis worn down and ready to be finished.

UFC Best Bet: Curtis Blaydes to win by KO/TKO @ +120 with William Hill l [1u returns 1.20u profit]

Andrei Arlovski vs. Tom Aspinall

UFC Heavyweight  Bout

Saturday, February 20, 2021 – 09:05 PM EST at Apex Center

This week I made some time to watch Tom Aspinall’s previous five fights, it took me five minutes and seventeen seconds. The new breed of UFC heavyweights are savages, and Aspinall looks to be added to that list.

Consecutive first-round knockout’s for the Englishman leave his opponents dazed and confused, something that ageing legend Andrei Arlovski should be conscious of.

Arlovski has done it all, and aged forty-two he continues to defend his turf amongst the UFC roster. In recent years I’ve noticed a lot of hesitancy from the former champ, something that the pressure striking of Tom Aspinall might capitalise against.

UFC Best Bet: Tom Aspinall to win by KO/TKO @ -105 with Bet36 [1.05u returns 1u profit]

Aleksei Oleinik vs. Christopher Daukaus

UFC Heavyweight Bout

Saturday, February 20, 2021 – 09:05 PM EST at Apex Center

Have you spotted the trend yet? Oh yes, heavyweight fights, a real fan-favourite weight class because the big boys like to drop bombs in the cage.

But Alexey Oleynik has found an alternative method for defeating his heavyweight foes, his sambo wrestling background and elite jiu-jitsu skills have earnt the legend forty-eight career submissions.

Philadelphia police officer Chris Daukaus has a black belt and striking output that could stylistically matchup well with Oleynik. If Oleynik can’t find a submission, he’s going to gas out and get finished, the judge’s scorecard isn’t an option.

Although Oleynik has a scary submission history, I’m backing the newcomers of the heavyweight division this weekend. I anticipate the hand speed and power of Daukaus to prevail.

UFC Best Bet: Chris Daukaus to win by KO/TKO @ -115 with William Hill [1.15u returns 1u profit]

Yana Kunitskaya vs. Ketlen Vieira

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Bout

Saturday, February 20, 2021 – 08:05 PM EST at Apex Center

The UFC’s bantamweight division females will take centre stage for this week’s co-main event, and the winner could be a fight or two absent from title contention.

Ketlen Viera is a lifelong Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Judo practitioner, owning black belts in both art-forms, respectively. Her Muay Thai striking offence is nice to watch, and with an 11-1 record she makes up for a complete martial artist.

Yana Kunitskaya is certainly being disrespected with the current odds available, but it’s hard to envision her go to clinch & grapple technique to prevail against Viera. Yana is usually the larger fighter, but the size disadvantage could equal power advantage, and this has been one of her main tools.

UFC Best Bet: Viera to win by decision @ -120 with Bet365 [1.20u returns 1u profit]

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