Devil’s Advocate | UFC Fight Night – Lewis vs Blaydes

Hey Buzz Fans, it’s the day before another exciting fight card provided to us by the worldwide leader in MMA, the UFC. In my opinion we’re definitely in for another action packed card this weekend as it’s headlined by two of the biggest, baddest men in the UFC: hard hitting Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis takes on the wrestling based Curtis Blaydes.

Lewis comes into this fight ranked #4 in the heavyweight division and Blaydes is ranked #2. The winner of this fight normally would be in line to fight the winner of Francis Ngannou and UFC Heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, but with the arrival of Jon Jones at Heavyweight, I don’t know where this leaves the winner of Saturday night’s main event. Derrick Lewis has looked reinvigorated as he is on a three fight win streak, coming off of impressive wins against Blagoy Ivanov, Llir Latifi, and most recently another man on the card Saturday night, knocking out Aleksei Oleinik in his last fight. He was scheduled to face Blaydes on November 28th 2020, but the day before the fight Blaydes tested positive for Covid 19.

As for Curtis Blaydes, ever since his losing effort against Heavyweight Killer Francis Ngannou back in 2018, he hasn’t lost a fight. He beat Justin Willis, Shamil Abdurakhimov, Junior Dos Santos, and most recently Alexander Volkov in what was considered one of the most boring fights of all time. I think that Blaydes gets a really bad reputation because of his wrestling and grappling style, but I don’t consider that a weakness because his grappling has been able to take almost every opponent down at will and inflict brutal ground and pound. Just take the Alistair Overeem fight back on June 9th 2018. He took Overeem down at will and eventually ground and pounded Alistair with elbows until he wilted. This fight got Blaydes the “Fight Of The Night” Bonus.

I think this is definitely Blaydes fight to win, if he can stay away from Lewis’ power in his hands and the early onslaught that comes with fighting Derrick Lewis. Much like the Daniel Cormier fight, once Lewis was down he had no chance when placed on his back and his weakness was shown. But then again, when Blaydes fought Francis Ngannou, he was knocked out cold in the very first. Now that’s nothing unusual given Ngannou can do that to anyone he wants, but Lewis has similar knockout power and if he implies the same gameplan it could be effective in getting Blaydes out of the fight early. But as a fan I’ll be picking Blaydes to win this fight via decision. If this fight goes five rounds you can expect a very restless crowd!

Also on the card we’ve got #6 ranked Ketlen Vieira taking on #7 ranked Yana Kunitskaya in the women’s Bantamweight division. I think this has the potential to be the fight of the night, with both women having the ability to really mix it up. Yana and her Russian grappling taking on the B.J.J skills of Vieira will be interesting. Also on the undercard we’ve got the legend, Andrei Arlovski taking on newcomer Tom Aspinall, who comes into this fight with a 9-2 record against Arlovski’s 30-19 record. So there will definitely be an experience gap between the two, but Aspinall has said he won’t be starstruck in fighting the legend.

So Buzz Fans, let me know what you guys think of the UFC Fight Night Vegas card coming up tomorrow.

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