Derrick Lewis Vs Junior Dos Santos is the main event at UFC Fight Night 146 at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas this Saturday 9 March 2019.
Junior Dos Santos lost a title fight against Stipe Moicic for the vacant belt in 2017 and many UFC fans felt he was on his way out. But after two confidence-boosting victories against two tough opponents, he’s starting to find his best form and that is a problem for Derrick Lewis.
Lewis enters this fight with a 21-6 record and has won 86% of his fights by knockout – we all know the power he has in those hands. However, he is only averaging 2.76 significant strikes per minute with 51% accuracy.
Dos Santos is renowned for the slickness of his boxing. He has a fast, accurate jab with a high work rate and his right hand power – while perhaps not strong enough to finish Lewis – is enough to slow him to a rate that makes him a low risk danger.
Lewis Vs Dos Santos Betting Lines
With Dos Santos starting to find the form of old, the 35-year old Brazilian striker is the -250 favourite on the UFC betting lines with bet365 bookmakers ahead of this heavyweight contest.
Derrick Lewis lost his last fight to Daniel Cormier and looks to get a “W” back on the board with a victory over Dos Santos, but the UFC betting experts say he is a +200 underdog (bet365) here.
Lewis Vs Dos Santos Betting Prediction
Our UFC main event prediction is that Junior Dos Santos will stay on the back foot but press gently forward using his jab to keep Lewis at bay. Any attempts at a haymaker punch from Lewis can be met with counter right hands on the turn and Dos Santos will be able to use his superior speed, footwork and boxing skill to make this quite an easy night.
Lewis has a good chin and won’t be easy to stop here, but a unanimous decision win looks on the cards for Santos and he’s also our tip for a UFC heavyweight title shot this year.
Fight Verdict: Junior Dos Santos to win by Decision