UFC in Vegas 45 First Look: Betting Picks, Odds and Predictions

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The UFC returns to our screens for another action-filled fight card from the Apex Center in Las Vegas. Former UFC heavyweight contender, Derrick Lewis, will welcome the fast-rising star Chris Daukaus into the octagon.

Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at Lewis and Daukaus, including updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC betting picks, predictions, and analysis.

Derrick Lewis vs. Chris Daukaus

UFC Heavyweight Main Event Bout

UFC Saturday, December 18, 2021 – 09:04 PM EST at Apex Center

Derrick Lewis (25-8-0)

Having spent the previous eleven years as a professional mixed martial artist, Derrick Lewis has accumulated 33 fights and knocked out 20 opponents from his 25 victorious bouts. He's the owner of more knockouts in the UFC heavyweight division (12) and additionally has collected seven performance of the night bonuses.

When making his UFC debut in 2013, Lewis instantly earned the respect of fans and critics due to the devastating knockout power he possesses. Very few can handle the brute punching power of Lewis, and this factor is always present in the minds of his opponents.

Sports bettors should be very aware when fading Lewis because one significant strike later, and those standing on the opposite side of the octagon to the "Black Beast" can wind up sleeping in an instant.

Derrick Lewis MMA Accomplishments

  • UFC Performance of the Night (Four times)
  • UFC Fight of the Night (Three times)
  • Most knockouts in UFC Heavyweight History (12)
  • Legacy FC Heavyweight Champion (One time, one defence)

Derrick Lewis Best Available Odds: To Win ML (+120) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

Chris Daukaus (12-3-0)

32-year-old Chris Daukaus has risen through the UFC heavyweight rankings in rapid succession. The Philadelphia-born ex-police officer began training in mixed martial arts one year before enrolling with the police academy.

Whilst representing the Martinez BJJ fight team, Daukaus has fought his way through the regional MMA scene as a professional since 2013, to eventually debut for the UFC in 2020. Upon his arrival, Daukaus proved his worth with a round 1 TKO stoppage, and now a four-fight win streak all via strikes has led him into top-ten contention.

Chris Daukaus Available Odds: To Win ML (-140) at BetOnline

UFC in Vegas 45: Lewis vs. Daukaus Breakdown and Analysis

  • Lewis Fight Style and How Can Lewis Defeat Daukaus?

Lewis's path to victory is no secret; this man boasts some of the heaviest hands that the UFC has ever witnessed. And despite owning a less than desirable grappling offense, taking Lewis to the ground hasn't been easy because of the sheer size and strength the opposition has to fight through.

Clashing with the technical skillset of Daukaus won't be simple, but as mentioned, one clean punch and it could be lights out for any heavyweight contender matched up against "The Black Beast".

  • Daukaus' Fight Style and How Can Daukaus Defeat Lewis?

We've yet to see the grappling prowess of Chris Daukaus, but we should highlight the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black that he's accomplished during his MMA journey.

With that said, Daukaus has been most impressive when making good use of his hands, with great combinations following the utilization of his lead jab. Daukaus does a great job of setting up his power strikes, and additionally, he presents a nice collection of head kicks and knees.

I believe the speed difference in favor of Daukaus can eventually accumulate enough damage to stop the UFC veteran Lewis. Still, the evasive movement of Daukaus will want to be at its best.

Derrick Lewis vs. Chris Daukaus Betting Picks and UFC in Vegas 45 Odds

The available odds at Bookmakers Review opened with the up-and-comer as the betting favorite, and I respect this position.

Lewis has solely relied on his punching power, and although it's worked on many occasions, I expect Daukaus to find his positioning at range and dictate the fight by striking from the outside for my UFC pick in this one.

UFC in Vegas 45 Pick: Chris Daukaus to Win ML (-140) [1.40u returns 1u profit] at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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