UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis Preview

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The UFC has a jam-packed schedule and this Saturday we are getting what should an entertaining fight between Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis. The event takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. There will not be fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Curtis Blaydes

Born: February 18th, 1991
Age: 29
Country: United States
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 255 lbs
Reach: 80″
Stance: Orthodox
Association: Elevation Fight Team
Class: Heavyweight
Record: 14-2-1

Blaydes has wins against former DREAM, Strikeforce and K-1 world champion Alistair Overeem and veterans Mark Hunt and Alexey Oleynik. The only two losses of his career were against Francis Ngannou. Blaydes is 9-2-1 in the UFC and he’s a proven veteran inside the cage who can beat anyone.

Derrick Lewis

Born: February 7th, 1985
Age: 35
Country: United States
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 264 lbs
Reach: 79″
Stance: Orthodox
Association: Grind House Fitness
Class: Heavyweight
Record: 24-7-1

Lewis has wins in the UFC against Roy Nelson, Travis Browne, Francis Ngannou, Alexander Volkov and Alexey Oleynik. He’s faced Mark Hunt, Daniel Cormier and Junior dos Santos. Lewis is coming off decision wins against Blagoy Ivanov and Ilir Latifi and second round TKO against Alexey Oleynik at UFC Fight Night 174 on August 8.

We are getting a classic fight between a striker and a wrestler. Curtis Blaydes will try to take this fight to the ground because he knows that if Lewis connects one clean punch it will all be over quickly. Derrick Lewis is a finisher with massive power in his hands as evidenced by his 19 knockout wins.

Only four of his UFC fights went to the judges’ scorecards and he will possibly try to keep the fight standing so he can find a way to end it with his power punches. This is a can’t-miss fight because the winner will stay in the conversation for a potential UFC heavyweight title fight.

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