UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis Betting Preview
After their initial fight was delayed due to COVID, Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis will finally square off in the Octagon this Saturday. That’s the headline fight for UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis, but there are some other intriguing bouts. Ketlen Vieira will take on Yana Kunitskaya in the co-main event, and Aleksei Oleinik will face Chris Daukaus in another battle between top heavyweights.
UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. This promotion will be available on ESPN Plus with the main card getting underway at 8 p.m. ET.
UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis Betting Odds
Curtis Blaydes -470
Derrick Lewis +370
A convincing win for Blaydes would bring him another step closer to his first title shot. He is the No. 2 contender, but Dana White has already declared that Jon Jones will take on either Stipe Miocic or Francis Ngannou following the outcome of their bout at UFC 260.
Blaydes is an enormous favorite with a 14-2 record ahead of this fight. His last loss came against Ngannou over two years ago, and he has been extremely impressive since that point. Blaydes secured second-round TKOs of Junior dos Santos and Shamil Abdurakhimov, and he was a unanimous decision winner over Alexander Volkov in his last bout.
Lewis has already fought for the title once. He won a unanimous decision over Ngannou and picked up a late knockout against Volkov to set up a showdown with Daniel Cormier with the strap on the line. Cormier proved to be too much and submitted Lewis in the second round, and Lewis suffered a second setback when he lost to Junior dos Santos five months later. He has won three straight bouts since that defeat, but Oleinik was his only top opponent.
This will be an exhilarating fight with both Lewis and Blaydes throwing bombs. Neither fighter has much of a ground game with the two combining for one submission win. The over/under in this bout is just 1.5 rounds, so it’s extremely unlikely the fight goes the distance.
Ketlen Vieira -275
Yana Kunitskaya +235
Former Invicta FC champion Yana Kunitskaya is a significant underdog ahead of her showdown with Ketlen Vieira. Kunitskaya suffered a tough debut with an early first-round TKO at the hands of Cris Cyborg at UFC 222, but she is 3-1 in the UFC since that defeat. All three of her wins came by unanimous decision, and she hasn’t secured a victory by KO or submission in over four years.
Vieira is 11-1 and out to prove herself after Irene Aldana knocked her out in the first round of UFC 245. She doesn’t have a ton of power, but she is fierce on the ground with four of her victories coming by submission. That gives her an edge against her opponent.
Aleksei Oleinik +175
Chris Daukaus -205
Although Oleinik is ranked No. 10 by the UFC and Daukaus is unranked, Daukaus is a sizable favorite. The underdog is 10-3 in his professional career with nine of his victories coming by knockout. None of his last eight fights have made it past the first two rounds, so he won’t be in good shape if this goes the distance.
Oleinik is a grizzled veteran at this point. This will be his 74th professional MMA fight, and he has now been doing this for 25 years. He has won 46 fights by submission, so if he can get Daukaus to the mat, he will be in great position.