UFC Fight Night Blaydes vs Lewis was an action packed card which left fans leaping out of their seats, With Derrick Lewis securing a vicious KO victory over Curtis Blades earning the title for most knockouts in UFC heavyweight history and setting up a potential title eliminator bout. Yana kunitskaya also performed well against #6 bantamweight Ketlen Vieira, obtaining a well deserved unanimous decision, and who could forget Tom Aspinall’s submission victory over former UFC Heavyeright champion Andre Arlovski.
Stunning fights from top to bottom, however, today we will be making predictions for 6 fighters from, Saturdays card, doing so as accurately as possible.
Derrick Lewis took home the win this past Saturday with a devastating knockout of fellow Heavyweight, Curtis Blaydes. Such a spectacular knockout will give Lewis a tremendous push towards a title fight, being possibly one bout away from securing a second title shot, which begs the question, who should he do battle with to earn a title bout?. The winner of Ciryl Gane and Jairhizno Rozenstruik comes to mind, a bout with either gentleman would be very exciting and full of action. Other spectacular fights include a rematch against Alexander Volkov or, a fight Lewis himself has shown interest in, Alastair Overeem.
Curtis Blaydes was unfortunately on the receiving end of Saturdays main event being knocked stiff by ‘The Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis. A hopefully minor setback for Blaydes who still has a ton of fuel left in the tank. Aleander Volkov is coming of a win over Alistair Overeem and seems like the right move for both athletes at this point in time, an amazing stylistic matchup that is guaranteed to set off fireworks.
The UFC women’s bantamweight division may have a new title contender in Yana Kunitskaya. Securing a dominant unanimous decision from start to finish, Kunitskaya is currently on a 2 fight win streak and is in need of a top opponent, a bout with Julliana Pena excited me. Both women are on the rise and both are in need of a tough test to prove themselves to be amongst the elite of the bantamweight division.
Ketlen Vieira was beaten out by Yana Kunitskaya, suffering her second professional loss, and her first decision loss, the first coming via KO to Irene Aldana at UFC 245. Vieira is still young and still has a bright future ahead of her, a couple impressive wins will send her barrelling towards a a title eliminator, or even a title fight. Lina Lansberg is a legitimate threat to the bantamweight division and could be a huge problem for anyone, a bout between Ketlen Vieira and Lina Lansberg is an instinct classic, and makes all the sense in the world,
Tom Aspinall, the heavyweight divisions newest sensation, finishing all 3 fights in the UFC and all in amazing fashion. Normally we would analyse fighters higher up the card, but Aspinall has been truly impressive and has most definitely earned his place in this article. Aspinall submitted former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in the second round, proving once again that he is not messing around. Aspinall has proved his worthy of fighting a ranked opponent, former champion Junior Dos Santos, a tough fight for either gentleman, and both men have equal chance to prove they belong in the top 15, slightly lower ranked Sergei Pavlovich is ranked #14, and a win for either gentleman will set the other back a few years for sure.
Andrei Arlovski was at one point the deadliest heavyweight in the UFC, but unfortunately as time passes even the greatest fighters begin to lose traction. Going 3-3 in his last 6 fights, not being able to keep up with some of the younger talent. While a title run seems very unlikely for the 42 year old Belarusian, if he wishes to continue to compete, there a few fights that spark interest. A scrap with Gian Villante sounds like alot of fun and a chance for both men to redeem themselves. If for whatever reason this fight cannot happen, a match with Maurice Greene may be in the cards, Greene is coming off a loss to Greg Hardy and will be looking to redeem himself.