UFC Vegas 19 – Blaydes vs Lewis Predictions

February 18, 2021

If you are a fan of fight time, UFC Vegas 19 is absolutely the card for you. We are closing in on the weekend with 15 scheduled fights, and even if we lose some fights leading up to the card, this will be the most fight volume laden card we’ve had in some time.


UFC Fight Night Predictions: Blaydes vs Lewis Main Card

This is the second of three consecutive Fight Night cards that feature a heavyweight main event. Everyone saw Alexander Volkov keep himself in the conversation at the top of the division, and now Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis will be looking to do the same.

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We will not have UFC picks on the Curtis Blaydes vs Derrick Lewis matchup, but that is not due to having a lack of a lean. We won’t have a wager due to the proper but excessive -425 betting line on Curtis Blaydes.

Blaydes is the best wrestler in the heavyweight division and makes no bones about his game plan in any given fight. He will come in, take his opponents down, work on top and repeat as necessary.

This fight with Derrick Lewis is as positive of a stylistic matchup as Blaydes will have as Lewis’ takedown defense is subpar to poor. Lewis, while heavy handed, has just that puncher’s chance of winning this matchup.

If he doesn’t score a KO on the durable Blaydes, he will be the loser of a lopsided fight. Lewis simply does not strike in volume and is easily taken down, and Blaydes will dictate this fight from start to finish.

As for the rest of this extensive card, we will have six dedicated betting plays. As always, I will additionally offer a prediction for the remaining fights. Let’s get to the UFC Vegas 19 betting picks.

Chris Daukaus -190 vs Aleksei Oleinik

Betting Play: Oleinik ITD +205

Fight is at heavyweight and is -500 to end inside the distance.

Tom Aspinall -250 vs Andrei Arlovski

Betting Play: Aspinall ITD -120

Fight is at heavyweight and is -170 to end inside the distance.

John Castaneda -125 vs Eddie Wineland

Betting Play: Castaneda -125

Fight is at 135 lbs and is +135 to end inside the distance.

Rafael Alves -195 vs Pat Sabatini

Betting Play: Sabatini +160

Fight is at 145 lbs and is -150 to end inside the distance.

Jamall Emmers -235 vs Chaz Skelly

Betting Play: Emmers -235

Fight is at 145 lbs and is +125 to end inside the distance.

Drako Rodriguez -185 vs Aiemann Zahabi

Betting Play: Rodriguez -185

Fight is at 135 lbs and is +135 to end inside the distance.

Other Fight Predictions

👊 Ketlen Vieira via decision over Yana Kunitskaya

👊 Charles Rosa via submission over Darrick Minner

👊 Nassourdine Imavov via decision over Phil Hawes

👊 Danny Chavez via KO over Jared Gordon

👊 Drakkar Klose via decision over Luis Pena

👊 Nate Landwehr via KO over Julian Erosa

👊 Casey O’Neill via decision over Shana Dobson

👊 Jared Vanderaa via KO over Sergey Spivac

TJ Calkins
TJ Calkins was raised in a gambling loving household. He knew how to handicap horse races and follow line movements well before his tenth birthday. While sports betting remained a passion into adulthood, poker and Daily Fantasy Sports also became passions and remain as such today.