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UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik Main Event Odds and Picks

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UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik Main Event Odds and Picks

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this Saturday we are getting what should be a very entertaining fight between Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik. Here’s a complete preview, including updated odds and our betting pick.

Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik

Saturday, August 08, 2020 – 11:55 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas

In the main event of the evening, Derrick Lewis faces Aleksei Oleinik. UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. There will not be fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With plenty of betting lines and markets currently available, let’s attempt to find some value for our UFC picks on Saturday’s main event.

Derrick Lewis. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Derrick Lewis

Introduction, Background & UFC Career

The second oldest of seven siblings, raised by a single mother in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lewis was involved in street fighting. At 17 years old, he began training in boxing and prepared for his first amateur fight but the gym unexpectedly shut down.

Lewis had some personal issues and was sentenced to five years in prison. He ended up serving three and a half and a week after being released he was introduced to mixed martial arts by a friend. Lewis was working as a tow-truck driver and George Foreman helped him train boxing.

His amateur MMA career began in late 2009. Lewis was 4-1 as a pro before signing with Bellator in May, 2010. He lost to Tony Johnson via unanimous decision at Bellator 46 on June 25th, 2011.

Derrick Lewis went 6-0 with one no contest after leaving Bellator, including winning and successfully defending the Legacy FC Heavyweight Championship.

UFC then signed him. Lewis has wins against Roy Nelson, Travis Browne, Francis Ngannou and Alexander Volkov. He has faced Mark Hunt, Daniel Cormier and Junior dos Santos and is coming off decision wins against Blagoy Ivanov and Ilir Latifi. "The Black Beast" beat Latifi via unanimous decision at UFC 247 on February 20th.

Born: February 7th, 1985

Age: 35

Country: United States

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 264 lbs

Reach: 79″

Stance: Orthodox

Association: Grind House Fitness

Class: Heavyweight

Record: 23-8

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
18 wins by KO/TKO2.53 Landed24% Accuracy
1 win by Submission2.14 Absorbed53% Defended
4 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • George Foreman was his boxing trainer
  • Has heavy hands
  • Can mix a random high kick into his striking attacks

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Tends to eat shots or lay on his back for long portions of his fights

Aleksei Oleinik. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

Aleksei Oleinik

Introduction, Background & UFC Career

Aleksei Oleinik's career dates back to 1996. Oleinik was born in Ukraine but he migrated to Russia and is of Russian descent. He eventually moved to Florida with his family in 2016.

Oleynik participated in two grappling tournaments in 2011 and won the Absolute division in a tournament hosted by Eddie Alvarez. He represented Russia for the Imperial Team in the M-1 Challenge in 2009 and participated in the inaugural Heavyweight tournament for Bellator in 2010.

The Russian is a multiple-time Sambo champion. He is the only fighter in UFC history to finish an opponent via Ezekiel choke (a rare Sambo submission). He's used the Ezekiel choke to submit opponents 12 times in his career.

Nicknamed "The Boa Constrictor," Oleinik is 9-3 in the UFC. He submitted Anthony Hamilton in his debut at UFC Fight Night 44 on June 28th, 2014.

Like Lewis, Oleinik is currently on a two-fight win streak. He has fought twice this year, beating Maurice Green via submission in the second round at UFC 246 on January 18th and Fabricio Werdum via split decision at UFC 249 on May 9th.

Born: June 25th, 1977

Age: 43

Country: Russia

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 235 lbs

Reach: 80″

Stance: Orthodox

Association: Oleinik Team

Class: Heavyweight

Record: 59-13-1

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
8 wins by KO/TKO3.72 Landed46% Accuracy
46 wins by Submission3.30 Absorbed35% Defended
5 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Multiple-time Sambo champion
  • Also specializes in Jujutsu and grappling techniques
  • Battle-tested

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Has many miles on the clock

Prediction

This will be a true clash of styles. Oleinik's path to victory is with counterattacks, waiting for Lewis to make a mistake. Lewis has a very strong chin, so it will be very hard to knock him out with a single strike.

Oleinik is a patient fighter, though he needs to improve his defense. Lewis is one of the biggest punchers in the division and I don't think he will gas out. Derrick Lewis needs only one shot to knock out anyone.

It will be a very entertaining fight. I have to side with Lewis to win by knockout or submission. I will take Lewis inside the distance -175 at 5Dimes. (Visit our 5Dimes Review).

Lewis ITD-175
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