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UFC Vegas 15 Odds, Picks & Betting Preview – Blaydes vs Lewis

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by Cole Shelton in Mixed Martial Arts

Nov 23, 2020 · 7:06 AM PST

UFC Vegas 15
Curtis Blaydes takes on Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC Vegas 15.
  • The heavyweight main event for UFC Vegas 15 has been postponed after Curtis Blaydes tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday
  • Anthony Smith looks to snap his losing skid in the co-main event
  • See the odds, picks, and betting preview for the full UFC Vegas 15 main card, below

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC Vegas 15, which goes down on Saturday, November 28, 2020, from the UFC Apex.

In the main event, Curtis Blaydes takes on Derrick Lewis in a very intriguing heavyweight scrap. The co-main event sees former title challenger Anthony Smith looking to snap his losing streak against Devin Clark.

UFC Vegas 15 airs live on ESPN2 and ESPN+ at 10 PM EST. The table below shows odds for the main card at FanDuel and DraftKings, followed by best bets for the event.

UFC Vegas 15 Main Card Odds

Fighter Odds at FanDuel Odds at DraftKings
Curtis Blaydes N/A (PPD) N/A (PPD)
Derrick Lewis N/A (PPD) N/A (PPD)
Fighter Odds Odds
Anthony Smith -126 -139
Devin Clark +108 +110
Fighter Odds Odds
Josh Parisian -225 -200
Parker Porter +188 +160
Fighter Odds Odds
Amir Albazi N/A (PPD) N/A (PPD)
Zhalgas Zhumagulov N/A (PPD) N/A (PPD)
Fighter Odds Odds
Miguel Baeza -166 -162
Takashi Sato +140 +130
Fighter Odds Odds
Bill Algeo +138 +140
Spike Carlyle -164 -177

All odds taken Nov. 27

Who Will Extend Their Winning Streak?

Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis have been talking about fighting one another for quite some time, and they will finally meet on Saturday night.

Blaydes & Lewis Recent Fights

Blaydes
VS
Lewis

Alexander Volkov, win by decision Fight 1 Alexey Oleynik, win by TKO
Junior dos Santos, win by TKO Fight 2 Ilir Latifi, win by decision
Shamil Abdurakhimov, win by TKO Fight 3 Blagoy Ivanov, win by split decision
Justin Willis, win by decision Fight 4 Junior dos Santos, loss by TKO

Curtis Blaydes has been the kryptonite for most of the heavyweight division except for Francis Ngannou who has beaten him twice. However, against Derrick Lewis, stylistically, he presents a ton of challenges for the 35-year-old.

Lewis is a fan-favorite for his knockout power and his funny post-fight interviews, and should likely get some buyback on the betting line. However, this is just a bad matchup for him. It likely will be a long night for him as Blaydes is relentless with his takedowns.

Blaydes vs Lewis Stats

Blaydes
VS
Lewis

29 Age 35
6’4″ Height 6’3″
80″ Reach 79″
5 UFC finishes 11

When most fans think of heavyweight fights they view two knockout artists standing and trading until someone falls down. However, that won’t be the case in this fight as Blaydes is a different sort of heavyweight fighter. He has phenomenal wrestling skills and takes his opponent down over and over again.

Ultimately, expect Blaydes to take Lewis down and land heavy ground and pound. He will eventually get a ¬†ground and pound TKO win in the third or fourth round. Lewis will likely need to KO Blaydes in the first to win, which I don’t see happening.

Pick: Curtis Blaydes (-325)

Can Smith Get Back On Track?

Anthony Smith is stepping up on short notice and looking to get back into the win column.

Smith & Clark Recent Fights

Smith
VS
Clark

Aleksandar Rakic, loss by decision Fight 1 Alonzo Menifield, win by submission
Glover Teixeira, loss by TKO Fight 2 Dequan Townsend, win by decision
Alexander Gustafsson, win by submission Fight 3 Ryan Spann, loss by submission
Jon Jones, loss by decision (title fight) Fight 4 Darko Stosic, win by decision

This could very well be a do-or-die fight for Anthony Smith.

Smith has been dominated in both his losses and is getting a step back in competition against Devin Clark. For Clark, this will be his biggest fight to date and had a path to victory with his wrestling. This fight is a tough one to call, but I can’t trust Smith at this point. I think Clark will use his wrestling and jabs to control the fight and win a decision.

Pick: Devin Clark (-102)

Other UFC Vegas 15 Picks:

  1. Josh Parisian (-225): Parisian will finally make his UFC debut, and I expect him to KO Porter in the first round.
  2. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (-122): This is a phenomenal fight, but I like Zhumagulov to be more active and win a decision
  3. Miguel Baeza (-188): Baeza has a ton of power, and I expect him to drop and finish Sato in the second.
  4. Bill Algeo (+130): Algeo is the more technical striker, and if he can get out of the first, he should be able to win the last two rounds and win a decision.
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