UFC Las Vegas 45 is 2021’s final fight slate of the year. Headlined by heavyweights, this card has 14 scheduled bouts featuring fighters from Canada to Australia who bring varying weaponry into the octagon.
Last week, Charles Oliveira + 145 took the fight right to Dustin Poirier and secured the undisputed portion of his lightweight title with an impressive submission win.
Entering the final week of 2021, Insight the Octagon profitability stands: 29-22 + 10.72 units.
DERRICK LEWIS (+ 120) VS. CHRIS DAUKAUS (-140)
Heavyweight (265 pounds) championship main event
Lewis, the No. 3-ranked heavyweight, had won four in a row before he entered the cage against Ciryl Gane in August. He owns a victory over current champion Francis Ngannou in one of the strangest MMA bouts of all time as well as a recent win over Curtis Blaydes.
Lewis, a blue belt in BJJ, possesses tremendous natural power and delivers incredible country strength with every strike and kick. He’s explosive for six to eight minutes in any bout before his game becomes a simple attempt to club his opponent unconscious with a telegraphed, predictable power shot delivered with glacier-like speed.
Lewis is aware that, with his size, he must ration output in order to remain effective for a couple of rounds then wing it after that because he’s not a mixed martial artist. He’s a one-dimensional brawler who’s been able to find the chin of most of his lower-caliber opponents. When he steps up to face elite fighters in the division, however, his lack of real MMA weaponry leaves him exposed.