MMA Preview – Derrick Lewis vs Junior dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 146

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 146? Saturday 9th March, 2019 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 146? Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas

What channel is UFC Fight Night 146 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 146? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Two of the hardest hitters in the UFC collide in Kansas. Although Derrick Lewis proved even the most electrifying strikers are capable of a snooze-fest when he and Francis Ngannou only exchanged intimidating glares, UFC Fight Night 146 is destined to finish with fireworks.

Lewis wants never to repeat a performance like that and Junior dos Santos is rarely in a boring fight so don’t take your eyes off this heavyweight scrap for a second.

After losing his title fight and rematch with Stipe Miocic, dos Santos has responded with two great wins. Firstly by earning a dominant decision over Blagoy Ivanov, handing Ivanov just his second loss, and then knocking out rising star Tai Tuivasa, handing him his first ever loss.

Lewis is coming off his first title fight against Daniel Cormier and although it was a mismatch, Cormier out-grappled Lewis with ease, ‘The Black Beast’ arrives with a lot of confidence and momentum.

THE PREDICTION

This is a fantastic match-up as both bruisers are two of the most devastating strikers who prefer to stand and bang. This will be a very tense encounter with a low output of strikes.

Both will look to conserve energy in the earlier rounds, knowing they have the power to end the fight with one blow. Lewis will wait to counter the Brazilian, which is dangerous as dos Santos is one of the best technical Boxers in the division.

A knockout is very likely and could go either way. Lewis is always capable of a knockout but dos Santos has the better technique and more variety of punches and kicks. His movement and experience will be key to being patient, avoiding the right hand of Lewis and picking the right shots at the right time.

Winner: Dos Santos via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.