MMA Preview – Curtis Blaydes vs Derrick Lewis at UFC Vegas 19

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CURTIS BLAYDES VS DERRICK LEWIS FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 19? Saturday 20th February, 2021 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 19? UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 19? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 19 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 19? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

CURTIS BLAYDES VS DERRICK LEWIS LOWDOWN

Curtis Blaydes (14-2(1)) is drooling at the thought of a title shot but has to wait as Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou finally have a date and now with Jon Jones in picture, he is not getting a shot anytime soon so has to keep active. Ngannou is the only man to beat him and since his last knockout in November 2018, Blaydes has racked up wins over Justin Willis (unanimous decision), Shamil Abdurakhimov (TKO), Junior dos Santos (TKO) and most recently Alexander Volkov (unanimous decision) back in June.

Derrick Lewis (24-7(1)) is on a three-fight win streak with the help of a few judges. His last losses were his one-sided title fight and submission loss to Daniel Cormier followed by the TKO by dos Santos but is back on the rise. He managed to squeak past Blagoy Ivanov in a split decision which could have easily gone the other way and then earned a more convincing yet not clear-cut decision over Ilir Latifi. However, he is coming off a more classic Lewis performance knocking out Alexey Oleynik back in August.

CURTIS BLAYDES VS DERRICK LEWIS PREDICTION

The game plan for both men is crystal clear. Lewis needs to defend the takedown and land a bomb to get the knockout whereas Blaydes will avoid that by taking him down and beating Lewis up on the mat.

Lewis has great takedown defence and has the power to only connect once but we expect Blaydes to shoot in for the takedown or force Lewis up against the fence to scoop his legs at the start of each round and keep him pinned for as long as possible until Bruce Buffer announces the unanimous decision.

Prediction: Blaydes via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

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