UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Lewis Betting Preview

Posted by Derrick Harper on February 19, 2021 in

Fans will finally be able to witness a long awaited matchup in the UFC. After patiently waiting due to COVID-19 complications, fans can check out the showdown of Curtis Bladyes and Derrick Lewis in the main event for the upcoming UFC Fight Night. Let’s take a closer look at both fighters so you can set down your bets against their UFC odds.

UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Lewis Analysis

  • Date: Sat, Feb 20, 7:00 PM
  • Venue: UFC Apex
  • Watch on: ESPN+

Main Event Breakdown

Curtis Blaydes (14-2-0)

Blaydes is coming in ranked 2nd from the heavyweight division. In addition to his success, he also has a four fight win streak with some momentum.

His fight record shows 10 wins by knockout and four more by decision. He also has established two first round knockout finishes and plenty of other fights that were close to becoming first round finishes.

“Razor” has been striking with an accuracy at 53 percent and has a grappling accuracy around 55 percent. He connects with 3.55 significant strikes each minute while taking on 1.73.

Blaydes has not been that great when looking at his takedown defense, which comes in at 33 percent, but he makes up for it with a solid significant strike defense at 57 percent. He also has been able to average a massive 6.98 takedowns per 15 minutes.

Derrick Lewis (24-7-0)

Lewis is not too far behind in the rankings, currently placed as the fourth best fighter from the heavyweight division. He too has some momentum with a three fight winning streak.

The story behind his resume shows that he has 19 wins by knockout, one by submission, and four by decision. Not only that, but he also has put together eight first round knockout finishes.

“The Black Beast” has a striking accuracy at 50 percent but grappling has not been kind to him with an accuracy at 26 percent. He dishes out 2.64 significant strikes a minute and takes on 2.09.

Lewis does have solid defenses, with a takedown defense at 52 percent and a significant strike defense coming in at 44 percent. He also has an average of 0.54 takedowns in each 15 minutes.

Odds For This Event

The market has Blaydes as the heavy favorite here. For this moneyline, MyBookie has their odds currently coming in at:

*odds are subject to changes

Free Betting Pick

Think of this fight as a late Christmas gift from 2020. Fans and bettors alike will be excited to see this one unfold, as these two heavy hitters know how to end a fight.

This matchup no doubt will be a great display of striking and power. It will be interesting to see when Blaydes will incorporate his aggressive takedowns, especially when he averages nearly seven a fight.

Lewis is going to have to stay mobile and avoid Blaydes’ many takedown attempts. He also cannot allow himself to be gassed in the first round. However, Blaydes is showing a lot of signs to take this one.

Potential Winning Pick: Blaydes wins via TKO, at -410