The UFC continues its Las Vegas residency this week, with the main event featuring two Heavyweight legends.
Derrick Lewis has 31 career fights, with 23 wins to his name. Oleinik has a staggering 73 career fights, boasting 59 wins. We will look to outline the best bets for this set of fights.
Oddsboom once again went 1 from 2 with the main selections last week.
Derek Brunson managed to derail the Edmen Shahbazyan hype train. Despite being 14 years older than Shahbazyan – Brunson scored a brutal third-round knockout. It is unclear where Brunson will move to in the ranking, or who his next opponent may be.
It was a real surprise, with Brunson the major betting 'dog. Shabazyan will be looking to bounce back quickly, so expect to see him in the octagon again soon.
Vicente Luque knocked out Randy Brown – as predicted by Oddsboom in last week’s event preview. Luque scored a ‘Performance of the Night’ by knocking out Randy Brown late in the second round. Luque once again showcased his boxing skills throughout the fight. He is likely to move into the top 10 of the welterweight rankings after this win.
Omari Akhmedov v Chris Weidman
These two middleweights come into this fight as joint favorites. Books cannot split them, but we feel as though Akhmedov has more chance of scoring the win here on Saturday night.
Winning 5 of his last 6 fights, Omari Akhmedov has really made a name for himself in the UFC. He will be looking to use this fight against the ex-champion, Chris Weidman as a means to further boost his ranking.
He boasts a 20-4-1 MMA record and has shown that he has all the tools required to mix it with the very best.
He has scored 7 knockouts, 5 wins by way of submission, and 8 wins on the judge’s scorecards – a really versatile MMA technician. This mixed skillset could well pose Weidman some issues this weekend.
Despite being the ex-Middleweight champion, Weidman (14-5) has really struggled in his recent fights, winning just one of his last six. He was previously unbeatable in the UFC, before finally losing his title to Luke Rockhold.
Since that loss, he has struggled to string wins together and has even attempted to fight at light heavyweight. That move up in weight did not work out well, with Weidman getting destroyed by Reyes.
At 36 years old Weidman is coming towards the end of his career – and another loss could well be the final straw for him.
His move back to middleweight is a smart move, he does not have the frame to mix it with the best in the light heavyweight division. However, his opponent this weekend is four years his junior and is actually more experienced despite him being relatively new to the UFC.
Akhmedov will give up a likely weight, height, and reach advantage to Weidman – but despite that, looks to be the more well-rounded fighter. It is hard to tell how this fight pans out – with each man boasting a range of possible routes to victory.
We believe that in a pick ’em, it is the younger fighter that looks to be the value play.
Akhmedov to win
Derrick Lewis v Aleksei Oleinik
With over 100 professional MMA bouts between these two heavyweights, there is going to be some real experience on show.
Oleinik (59-13-1) is an OG of the MMA game and has shared an Octagon with many of the greatest heavyweights in the world. Lewis, despite being less experienced (23-7-1), has also mixed it with the world’s best.
Oleinik has been busy in 2020, fighting twice already, and going 2/2 in the process. He beat Fabricio Werdum by way of decision at UFC 249 and submitted Maurice Greene at UFC 246.
This fight against Derrick Lewis looks like a step up from his previous two opponents. With an outrageous 46 wins by way of submission to his name, Aleksei Oleinik will be doing everything possible to take this fight to the mat. However, taking down Derrick Lewis is not an easy task.
Lewis has had a mixed career since his loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 230. Since then, he has also lost to Junior Dos Santos, but has scored wins against Blagoy Ivanov and Ilir Latifi. He will be looking to put himself back in title consideration with a win against Oleinik this weekend.
With Cormier facing off against Stipe Miocic for their trilogy fight next month, there is a chance that the winner of this could face the champion in their first defense after that.
Derrick Lewis is a pure power puncher. He possesses frightening knockout power and has utilized this throughout his career. He will be looking to settle this one early on Saturday night, and there is a good chance that is exactly what will happen.
Despite being a short-priced favorite, Derrick Lewis is certainly the most likely winner.
It may well pay to keep this one straight forward and back Lewis to win by knock out – ahead of setting his sights on a shot at the heavyweight title later on in the year.
Derrick Lewis to win by KO