By Landon Smith

Curtis Blaydes vs Derrick Lewis UFC Vegas 19 Heavyweight Odds, Preview, Prediction and Picks

Curtis Blaydes vs Derrick Lewis Prediction, Betting Tips and Props of the UFC Vegas 19 Heavyweight Bout on Saturday February 20th 2021.

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UFC Vegas 19 Heavyweight

Curtis Blaydes vs Derrick Lewis

Date: Saturday, February 20th, 2020

Kick Off: 8:00p ET

Arena: UFC Apex

Location: Las Vegas Nevadas, United States

TV: ESPN+

 

 

MATCHUP STATS
Curtis BlaydesUFC Vegas 19Derrick Lewis
-450Betting Odds+325
14-2-0, 1NC Record 24-7-0, 1NC
United States Country United States
6' 4" Height 6' 3"
265.00 LB Weight 260.00 LB
80 in Reach 79 in
46 in Leg Reach 43.5 in
71% KO/TKO79%
0%SUB 4%
29%DEC 17%
9:15 AVG Fight Time 9:55
0.15 Knockdown AVG 0.4

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Curtis Blaydes vs Derrick Lewis Prediction, Betting Tips and Props of UFC Vegas 19 Heavyweight Bout on Saturday February 20th 2021.

Curtis Blaydes with a record of 14-2 has won five of his last six fights. In his last fight he managed to defeat Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 3, where he had 116 total strikes, producing 14 tackles. Blaydes right now has won four fights in a row

Blaydes is a very aggressive takedown heavyweight on him and has a great success rate on his attempts, often coming in with a tackle form and picking up and throwing some of the biggest guys in the sport.

Once on the ground, Blaydes has an unpleasant weight, and this is where he has ended many of his fights. Blaydes can stay on his feet and has one-hit knockout potential, thanks to the great power of his fists, but he's more effective on the ground and generally follows his opponents' punch attempt with a takedown rather than a counter. .

Blaydes is a blue belt in BJJ and has experience in wrestling, being a more balanced wrestler in this division and could soon be champion of this weight class.

Derrick Lewis with a 24-7 record has won six of his last eight fights and in his last bout he came from beating Aleksei Oleinik by second round knockout at UFC Vegas 6, where he landed 35 strikes.

Lewis holds the UFC record for most heavyweight knockouts at 11. Lewis is a powerful forward who has produced knockouts in 17 of his last 21 victories.

With experience in boxing and very accurate and heavy fists, Lewis seeks to land that shot that turns the fight and finally ends things, the ground is not the game of Lewis and also has a reputation for getting tired very quickly, so he will want to finish the fight quickly.

However, Lewis has improved his takedown defense lately and his movement has improved, but where he makes money on the power of his punches.

Lewis has a blue belt in BJJ and a lot of experience as a boxer, so he will have a lot of advantage if the fight doesn't go to the canvas.

Picks

Blaydes is the favorite here for his strength when it comes to defending with Lewis on his feet, but he also has a clear advantage in the fighting and running department.

If Blaydes can close the gap and get his hands on Lewis, he should control the fight and win rounds comfortably, and that's not to mention a possible submission.

Lewis has improved his takedown defense over the years and he doesn't look as exhausted in the later rounds as he did in the past and that will be key in this fight.

Interestingly, we can get a good Money if we bet Lewis is a legitimate pick.

 

WINNER: Derrick Lewis @ +325

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By Landon Smith, on 20 Feb 2021, at 6:56p ET