The UFC resumes its packed winter schedule on November 19, when a pair of heavyweight sluggers headline a stacked fight night card from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Knockout artist Derrick Lewis is looking to rectify a two-fight losing skid, while Sergey Spivak has the potential to reach the heavyweight division’s top 10 rankings.
Read on for our complete betting guide with an early preview of the UFC Vegas 65 main event clash between Lewis and Spivak, including updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC Vegas 65 first look betting UFC picks and analysis.
Derrick Lewis vs. Sergey Spivak
UFC Vegas 65 Heavyweight Main Event Bout
Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 09:05 PM EST at UFC Apex
- Pro MMA Record: 26-10-0 (21 KOs, 1 submission, 4 decisions)
- UFC Record: 17-8 (13 KOs, 4 decisions)
Twelve-year MMA veteran Derrick Lewis is beloved for his comical personality and Texas-proud stance. However, there’s no joking around in the cage, where he’s been most recognized for his fight-ending power during his career. Having knocked out 21 opponents since his professional MMA debut in 2010, Lewis owns more knockout stoppages than any other fighter in the promotion's history.
Fading Lewis Is Never Easy
Following an eight-year tenure of competing at the sport's highest level, Lewis couldn’t win the ultimate prize in two title-challenging attempts. Still, he’s the only person to have defeated the current heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou.
Aged 37, Lewis isn’t getting any younger, and he’s riding a losing streak that has previously been a rarity. Despite this, when it comes to betting against the supernatural punching power that he owns, it’ll forever be an edge-of-your-seat moment as he swings those concrete fists.
Derrick Lewis Combat Sports Accomplishments
- UFC Performance of the Night (Four times)
- UFC Fight of the Night (Three times)
- Most knockouts in UFC history (13)
- Most knockouts in UFC Heavyweight History (13)
- Legacy FC Heavyweight Champion (One time, one defense)
Derrick Lewis Available Odds: ML (+151) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)
- Pro MMA Record: 15-3-0 (7 KOs, 6 submissions, 3 decisions)
- UFC Record: 6-3 (3 KOs, 1 submission, 2 decisions)
27-year-old Ukrainian brute known as Sergey Spivak has silently climbed these UFC heavyweight rankings to No.12. And now, he’ll compete in the first UFC main event of his career with an opportunity to take out a household name in Derrick Lewis that would see him breach the top ten of the division.
Youth and Hunger
Heavyweight competitors regularly compete into their forties; this weight class boasts a significantly higher career span than most. When you factor in that Spivak is only 27, he’s still a baby of the heavyweights and has made notable strides in his career since joining the promotion at the tender age of 24.
Spivak boasts a well-diverse skillset combined with the youth and hunger that could make him a title contender of the future. If anybody can overcome and avoid the knockout threat of Lewis, the man who recently stopped two power punchers, Greg Hardy and Augusto Sakai, is of high consideration.
Sergey Spivak Combat Sports Accomplishments
- WWFC Heavyweight Championship (One time, two defenses)
Sergey Spivak Available Odds: ML (-170) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
UFC Vegas 65: Lewis vs. Spivak Breakdown & Analysis
Lewis Fight Style and How Can Lewis Defeat Spivak?
While Lewis has unquestionably evolved certain areas of his skillset in recent years, it’s hard to ignore his bread and butter – knocking people out. The game plan rarely changes, and we can guarantee the owner of most knockout victories (13) in the history of the UFC will be looking for number 14.
Spivak Fight Style and How Can Spivak Defeat Lewis?
Unlike Lewis, Spivak’s most notable paths to victory have involved an offensive grappling blueprint. A long frame and reach have allowed Spivak to hold his own in the striking game, but three of his previous four UFC victories have been obtained due to a vicious ground-and-pound approach.
The key for Spivak is to obviously avoid striking exchanges with Lewis. Fortunately, Spivak has achieved a similar game plan against younger and more robust grapplers than Lewis.
Derrick Lewis vs. Sergey Spivak Prediction
The available UFC odds favor Spivak, and we can’t argue this current pricing.
Spivak is naturally drawn to a grappling style of fighting, and it just so happens that he’ll need to utilize it more than ever next weekend. It only takes one from Lewis, and you’ll be seeing stars, but when we evaluate the complete skillset of both men, Spivak is levels above Lewis in terms of skillset.
Youth, speed, trajectory, diversity, and probability are all favoring the Ukrainian up-and-comer, and with a respectable betting price of -170, I’m comfortable with backing Spivak on the moneyline.
UFC Vegas 65 Main Card
- Derrick Lewis vs. Sergey Spivak [UFC heavyweight main event bout]
- Ion Cutelaba vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu [UFC light heavyweight co-main event bout]
- Chase Sherman vs. Waldo Cortes-Acosta [UFC heavyweight bout]
- Muslim Salikhov vs. Andre Fialho [UFC welterweight bout]
- Jack Della Maddalena vs. Danny Roberts [UFC welterweight bout]
UFC Vegas 65 Prelim Card
- Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Charles Johnson [UFC flyweight bout]
- Jennifer Maia vs. Maryna Moroz [UFC women’s flyweight bout]
- Miles Johns vs. Vince Morales [UFC bantamweight bout]
- Ricky Turcios vs. Kevin Natividad [UFC bantamweight bout]
- Maria Oliveira Jr. vs. Vanessa Demopoulos [UFC women’s strawweight bout]
- Fernie Garcia vs. Brady Hiestand [UFC bantamweight bout]
- Natalia Silva vs. Tereza Bleda [UFC women’s flyweight bout]
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