UFC Vegas 6: Lewis vs. Oleinik - Main Fight Preview


LEWIS VS OLEINIK Sun, Aug 9 / 5:00 AM +04 / Main Card UFC APEX Las Vegas , NV  United States

The UFC follows its marathon of events in the city of Las Vegas, in the United States, and brings another card in the format fight night . This is UFC Vegas 6 , which brings a level event below the last promoted by the organization.

In the main event of the night,  Derrick Lewis returns to the octagon to face veteran  Aleksei Oleinik in a duel valid for the heavyweight division.

Another highlight of the event is the return of  Chris Weidman , who tries his first victory since 2017 against  Omari Akhmedov in the middleweight division. Finally, seasoned  Tim Means faces  Laureano Staropoli for the welterweight division.

UFC Vegas 6 will be held next Saturday (8) directly from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The event is scheduled to start at 9 PM ET with the preliminary card , while the  main card  should start at 12 PM ET, with exclusive transmission by ESPN+.


HEAVYWEIGHT: # 4 DERRICK LEWIS (USA) VS. # 10 ALEXEY OLEINIK (RUS)

Eccentric Derrick Lewis (23-7 in MMA, 14-5 in the UFC) was involved in some curious marriages in his last UFC fights. The "Black Beast" faced the indestructible Blagoy Ivanov and the no less rude Ilir Latifi, defeating the two fighters in the judges' decision in boring duels. Doing the fifth main fight of his career in the market leader, another intriguing wedding awaits the ex-challenger, who with a victory can rise even more in this miserable category that has been gradually renewed.

Lewis is a very heavy fighter, who uses physical strength very well in the clinch and also to knock down his opponent, being a terrible option to get under Derrick and his powerful ground and pound . Standing that lack of technique and speed, leftover power and opportunism, with some surprising twists as against Marcin Tybura and Alexander Volkov. He usually uses a lot of overhands , occasionally releasing some plastic kicks that are useless. The shameful conditioning gets in the way, not to mention that Lewis does not inspire confidence in jiu-jitsu and against the opponent in question this is a danger.

With almost 25 years of career, Alexey Oleinik (59-13-1 in MMA, 8-4-1 in the UFC) is one of the few active fighters on the planet who have acted in three different decades. The Russian has faced all kinds of opposition, from several generations of the sport and since 2014 he has been applying his witchcraft in the octagon, hired after torturing Mirko Cro Cop on a neck crank. Oleinik's last performances in the UFC were not so good, but the two consecutive victories taking advantage of Maurice Greene's total inability on the ground, in addition to a very out-of-shape Fabricio Werdum, put Alexey in good shape in the division.

One of the worst standing fighters in the UFC is Alexey Oleinik. The Russian has two anvils in his fists, but his lack of skill to exchange punches is clear even with so many years of profession, showing poor technique and insistence on strange snake killers. His chin left him some time ago, not to mention conditioning: the Russian himself confesses that he is in no condition to fight five rounds . But with all these problems, Oleinik manages to win fights using his very opportunistic and coarse grappling . A specialist in ezequiel strangulation and of good size, Alexey is able to sneak up on opponents, showing that it is very dangerous to exchange ground with him.

I do not believe that Oleinik can put Lewis down, the difference in size and strength is huge. If the fight ever hits the ground, it will most likely be due to a knockdown or the American's initiative. Standing up, Lewis has the advantage, although it is not impossible that he ends up receiving some hard blows due to his lack of movement. The bet is on a victory for Derrick Lewis by knockout in the first half of the fight.

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