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Extreme Fighting Championship (UFC) will dispose of one top heavyweight competitor from the 265-pound title pursue when No. 2-positioned Curtis Blades does battle against No. 5-positioned Derrick Lewis in the UFC Vegas 19 headliner this Sat. night (Feb. 20, 2021) inside APEX place streaming totally on the ESPN+ computerized network.

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Featuring the UFC Vegas 19 battle card, which airs only on ESPN+, are heavyweight hurters Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis, who crash for a spot on the steadily contracting rundown of 265-pound title hopefuls. Preceding that titanic slant, ladies’ bantamweight veterans Ketlen Vieira and Yana Kunitskaya snare them up for an opportunity to break into the division Top 5.

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Before we jump into the fundamental and co-headliners, make certain to look at the total UFC Vegas 19 primer card breakdown expertly deconstructed by Patrick Stumberg here and here. For the most recent “Blaydes versus Lewis

265 lbs.: Curtis Blaydes versus Derrick Lewis

Curtis “Razor” Blaydes

Record: 14-2, 1 NC | Age: 29 | Betting line: – 450

Wins: 10 KO/TKO, 0 SUB, 4 DEC | Losses: 2 KO/TKO, 0 SUB, 0 DEC

Stature: 6’4″ | Reach: 80″ | Stance: Orthodox

Critical Strikes Landed Per Minute: 3.55 | Striking precision: 53%

Strikes Absorbed Per Minute: 1.73 | Striking Defense: 57%

Takedown Average: 6.98 (55% exactness) | Takedown Defense: 33%

Current Ranking: No. 2 | Last battle: Unanimous choice win over Alexander Volkov

Derrick “Dark Beast” Lewis

Record: day in and day out, 1 NC | Age: 35 | Betting line: +350

Wins: 19 KO/TKO, 1 SUB, 4 DEC | Losses: 4 KO/TKO, 1 SUB, 2 DEC

Stature: 6’3″ | Reach: 79″ | Stance: Orthodox

Critical Strikes Landed Per Minute: 2.64 | Striking exactness: half

Strikes Absorbed Per Minute: 2.09 | Striking Defense: 44%

Takedown Average: 0.54 (26% exactness) | Takedown Defense: 52%

Current Ranking: No. 4 | Last battle: Technical knockout win over Alexey Oleynik

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I think we need to move the conspicuous and surrender that Derrick Lewis is certifiably not a military craftsman, but instead a saloon brawler who trains MMA. The way that he’s had the option to get this far in his battle sports profession is astounding yet in addition characteristic of how lifeless the UFC heavyweight division has become following quite a while of reusing similar strong competitors. Surprisingly, Lewis is unfathomably lithe for a contender of his size and he sneaks up all of a sudden, which keeps on being the extraordinary equalizer against more gifted rivals. Return and take a gander at his last 10 battles and attempt to locate a great presentation. Lewis scored four knockouts however he was losing each of the four of those battles prior to handling the enormous punch, including last August’s completion over Alexey Oleynik. Before that were a couple of awful — and exceptionally close — choice successes over Ilir Latifi and Blagoy Ivanov, two excessively troublemakers however let’s go, how about we get genuine, he dissolves notwithstanding predominant procedure. Both Junior dos Santos and Daniel Cormier uncovered “Dark Beast” for precisely what he is and don’t misunderstand me, he’s uncontrollably engaging and a dependable hotspot for heavyweight feature reels, yet we aren’t gauging his benefits as a fan top pick, we’re attempting to assemble an argument for his triumph against Curtis Blaydes.

That is ending up being an intense sell when you take a gander at how Blaydes has dealt with the majority of the heavyweight division. In contrast to Lewis, “Razor” doesn’t fall behind on the scorecards and Hail Mary in the clear. All things considered, he overwhelms from ringer to-chime and takes significant level strikers like Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt — two heavyweight who crushed Lewis — and turns them back to front. On the off chance that you need to hold up a grievance against Blaydes you can say his style is exhausting and not be right, and yet he retains almost no harm and battles to win. It’s a typical issue for significant level grapplers and Blaydes caught a NJCAA public title as a redshirt sophomore out of Harper College. Wrestling is one of the center establishments of MMA and like knockout force, it’s especially powerful at heavyweight. How would you prevent a twofold leg takedown from a 260-pound competitor zooming directly at you at max throttle? What’s more, pretty or not, it’s difficult to thump a person like Blaydes for doing whatever it takes to fill in as he would prefer to a division title shot. We ought to recognize the pair of knockout misfortunes to Francis Ngannou on the grounds that they stand out in contrast to everything else, however I don’t know how insane we wanna get over losing to “The Predator,” who is only straight-up killing everybody at 265 pounds. Indeed, Lewis holds a success over Ngannou, on account of a 15-minute gazing challenge that saw the Cameroonian land an incredible 11 strikes.

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Lewis doesn’t have an especially nuanced striking assault and any wrestling advantage he held against different warriors has been killed against Blaydes. That signifies “Dark Beast” should follow the outline laid by Ngannou and strike from the hot bundles of his feet so he doesn’t get captured level footed and crashed into the tangle. It’s unquestionably conceivable … however, conceivable? Blaydes has the most noteworthy takedown rate in the division, a stunning 6.98 per battle with a 55% exactness rating, in any event, hitting twofold digits against Mark Hunt and Alexander Volkov. It’s consistently hazardous wagering against a slugger like Lewis who keeps on demonstrating he can never be tallied out, I simply struggle picking him for the resentful when he regularly battles against adversaries who are more modest and less capable than Blaydes. Furthermore, that is before we even discussion about his quickly contracting fuel tank, which is so little it very well may be supported by Briggs and Stratton. Accepting “Razor” doesn’t begin to get settled and coast, I would anticipate that he should granulate Lewis into depletion and pound on him until the arbitrator kindly mediates. Some place in the third round sounds spot on.

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135 lbs.: Ketlen Vieira versus Yana Kunitskaya

Ketlen “Fenomeno” Vieira

Record: 11-1 | Age: 29 | Betting line: – 265

Wins: 2 KO/TKO, 4 SUB, 5 DEC | Losses: 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB, 0 DEC

Stature: 5’8″ | Reach: 68″ | Stance: Orthodox

Critical Strikes Landed Per Minute: 3.10 | Striking exactness: 36%

Strikes Absorbed Per Minute: 3.98 | Striking Defense: 56%

Takedown Average: 2.02 (52% exactness) | Takedown Defense: 92%

Current Ranking: No. 6 | Last battle: Unanimous choice win over Sijara Eubanks

Yana “Charming” Kunitskaya

Record: 13-5 (1 NC) | Age: 31 | Betting line: +225

Wins: 7 KO/TKO, 1 SUB, 5 DEC | Losses: 2 KO/TKO, 2 SUB, 1 DEC

Stature: 5’6″ | Reach: 68″ | Stance: Orthodox

Critical Strikes Landed Per Minute: 4.49 | Striking precision: 54%

Strikes Absorbed Per Minute: 3.17 | Striking Defense: 51%

Takedown Average: 2.04 (53% exactness) | Takedown Defense: 33%

Current Ranking: No. 7 | Last battle: Unanimous choice win over Julija Stoliarenko

I don’t think anybody is breaking out the gathering caps for a bantamweight co-headliner between Ketlen Vieira and Yana Kunitskaya yet to be reasonable, this is the battle that bodes well for the division and could figure out which one of these 135-pound competitors positions themselves for a spot in the Top 5. In addition, we can’t say anything negative about dopey, absurd matchups that harm the honesty of divisions at that point cry when relational arrangers play it fair and square. Vieira is positioned one spot above Kunitskaya at No. 6 and I’m a devotee of any session that helps produce a title challenger not named Germaine de Randamie or Holly Holm.

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Vieira was situated to make a run at the bantamweight belt however lost every last bit of her force when Irene Aldana killed the lights at UFC 245. Luckily for the Brazilian, the advancement rushed to get her back in the pen at UFC 253, where “Fenomeno” got back to shape against the crude Sijara Eubanks. Vieira is presently 5-1 under the UFC pennant with triumphs over a couple of ex-title competitors as Cat Zingano and Sara McMann. I realize those names have not held up over the long run, however we can’t rebuff Vieira for the condition of the association — she can just work with the materials she’s given.

Kunitskaya had the unenviable undertaking of making her UFC debut against Cris Cyborg at 145 pounds, yet subsequent to shaking off her drubbing to the since-expelled Brazilian, “Charming” proceeded to win three of her next four. Getting planished by individual competitor Aspen Ladd was a gigantic misfortune and despite the fact that Kunitskaya had the option to skip back with a choice success over Julija Stoliarenko, a misfortune to Vieira will everything except dispose of her from future title thought. I couldn’t say whether those sorts of stakes will help or hamper the Invicta import, yet this battle will show us what’s she’s made of — regardless.

Oddsmakers have Kunitskaya as a sizable dark horse in spite of their vicinity in the division rankings and that is on the grounds that Vieira is viewed as a rising star (notwithstanding a minor hindrance) while “Charming” is evaluated as a conflicting veteran who performed all around ok as of late to “hold tight.” Based on what I’ve seen hitherto, I don’t know Kunitskaya will do what’s needed to counter that appraisal when the confine entryway closes tomorrow evening in “Wrongdoing City.

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