UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik goes down TONIGHT!
The UFC heavyweight division will be on full display at the final UFC Fight Night ahead of UFC 252. Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Derrick Lewis takes on MMA veteran Aleksei Oleinik.
The fight will be a typical striker against the a grappler matchup. A win for Lewis could see him move past Curtis Blaydes in the heavyweight rankings if he takes home the win.
In the main event we have:
‘The Black Beast’ has claimed 23 MMA professional wins in his career, with 18 coming via knockout. Also, he can take a crack on the chin, which can be seen from his record, as he remains the last man to beat Francis Ngannou. He lasted three rounds against ‘The Predator’ and claimed the victory as per the judges’ scorecards. Lewis (23-7-0) comes in to this fight winning his last two bouts whist sitting number 4 in the rankings.
In the blue corner:
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Oleinik will mark ‘The Boa Constrictor’s 74th professional MMA fight spreading over a 24-year career. The Russian fighter is no slouch when it comes to the ground as he has resulted a history of submission wins and has claimed 46/59 wins in this fashion. Before the split decision victory against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 249, Before that bout Oleinik had secured his last 5 wins by finishing his opponents via a submission. Oleinik (59-13-1) comes in to the fight later also off the back of two consecutive wins also like his dance partner Derrick Lewis.
PRELIMS (6:00 P.M. ET, ESPN+)
Welterweight: Tim Means vs. Laureano Staropoli
Middleweight: Kevin Holland vs. Joaquin Buckley
Lightweight: Nasrat Haqparast vs. Alex Munoz
Middleweight: Andrew Sanchez vs. Wellington Turman
Featherweight: Gavin Tucker vs. Justin Jaynes
Featherweight: Youssef Zalal vs. Peter Barrett
Bantamweight: Irwin Rivera vs. Ali Alqaisi
MAIN CARD (9:00 P.M. ET, ESPN+)
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Middleweight: Omari Akhmedov vs. Chris Weidman
Middleweight: Maki Pitolo vs. Darren Stewart
Women’s Bantamweight: Yana Kunitskaya vs. Julija Stoliarenko
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Scott Holtzman