Derrick Lewis Aims to Beat Conor McGregor’s UFC Record in His Next Fight Against Curtis Blaydes at UFC Vegas 19

Published 02/19/2021, 12:27 AM EST


The main event at UFC Vegas 19 will see two behemoths clash in a fight that will have massive implications on the title picture at heavyweight. Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes are on a three and four-fight win streak, respectively. The winner of the fight this weekend will take a huge step in staking his claim as a legitimate title contender.

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Going into the fight, a lot has been made about the stylistic matchup between the two men. ‘The Black Beast’ is a knockout artist and has secured the most TKO wins in heavyweight history.

His counterpart on the other hand is not the most fan-favorite fighter due to his wrestling intensive fight style. Therefore, although the main event promises to be a cracker, fans and a few pundits alike believe that the fight will be ‘boring’. But, Lewis is seeking to ensure that he competes in the most-watched UFC event of all time.

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Derrick Lewis believes the fight against Blaydes is a perfect opportunity

In the pre-fight press conference, a reporter asked Lewis his thoughts on his upcoming fight against Curtis Blaydes. ‘The Black Beast’ replied, “I believe it’s the perfect opportunity to prove to show my well-rounded mixed martial arts skills against Curtis. You know, I think it’s the perfect fight, and guys going to see Saturday. So please tune in. Let’s set some records this weekend. You know, let us beat Conor McGregor record this weekend for most views. So, tune in Saturday.”

The heavyweight title will be on the line at UFC 260 as Francis Ngannou takes on Stipe Miocic in a rematch. Dana White has stated that Jon Jones will face the winner of the fight at UFC 260 for the title. 

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However, if Blaydes or Lewis can secure a win tomorrow, both men would make a strong case for a title shot as well. There are rumors that ‘Bones’ might take a warm-up fight before fighting for the title. If that is the case, he will surely face the winner of the fight this weekend. 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 08: (R-L) Derrick Lewis punches Aleksei Oleinik of Russia in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 08, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

If ‘Bones’ does challenge for the title immediately, the winner of the fight this weekend will have to wait a while before they can get a shot at the champion. 

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What do you make of the fight between Blaydes and Lewis? Can it break the “Conor McGregor record?” Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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