Big Fight Alert: Junior dos Santos vs Derrick Lewis Preview
UFC Fight Night in Wichita features heavy hitters and a range of eye-catching matchups, making it an event that shouldn’t be missed. Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a look at Fight Night 146’s main card, which is set for March 9, 2019 at 10 pm EST.
Fight Night 146 preview
Junior “Cigano” dos Santos (20-5-0) will face Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis (21-6-1NC) in the main event of Fight Night 146.
Dos Santos is a former UFC heavyweight champion, who captured the title back in 2011 by knocking out the legendary Cain Velasquez in 64 seconds.
Lewis got a chance to fight for the belt in his last outing, coming up short when he was submitted by current champ Daniel Cormier in the second round of their showdown back in UFC 230.
“The Black Beast” is a heavy striker, despite chronic back problems which have impeded his progress in the last few years. He looked especially slow against Cormier and was tripped up and submitted easily.
He recently visited Tiger Woods’ back specialist for treatment, and says that he’s now ready to live up to his full potential in the Octagon.
Dos Santos will want to avoid a standup war despite his boxing pedigree, and his best chance is to negate Lewis’ power with smart striking and quick footwork.
The Brazilian lands almost twice as many significant strikes per round on average, coupled with better defense against takedowns and strikes compared to the more static Lewis.
The co-main event will see Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (20-5-0) up against Bellator vet Curtis Millender (17-3-0) at welterweight. The lighter dos Santos is on a six-fight winning streak in the UFC, while Millender has had three back-to-back wins since joining the promotion.
Zaleski has a great highlight reel, with three Fight of the Night honors and a flying knee knockout win in his last bout. His nine first-round finishes speak volumes about how dangerous he is as a prospect.
His opponent is on a streak of nine wins coming from fights in numerous MMA organizations and has impressed since making his UFC debut in February 2018.
Both the main and the co-main should feature a striking masterclass, and both are unlikely to go the distance.
In the preliminary card, Anthony Rocco Martin (15-4-0) is hoping a win against Sérgio Moraes (14-3-1) will finally get him ranked by the UFC. The welterweight’s current record is 8-3 in the promotion, while Moraes is on a streak of two wins following his submission of Ben Saunders via a triangle choke.
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