Derrick Lewis (23-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) and Alexey Oleinik (59-13-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) will meet in the main event of the Aug. 8 show, which does not have an official location but is expected take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. To have more insights on this Derrick Lewis vs Alexey Oleinik UFC fight, please read our preview below.
Lewis, No. 6, is coming off a pair of decision wins, over Ilir Latifi and Blagoy Ivanov, after he was out several months recovering from knee surgery. The victories helped him rebound from a pair of losses against Junior Dos Santos and then-champ Daniel Cormier in a title bout.“The Black Beast” can make it three consecutive triumphs if he can get past No. 15-ranked Oleinik. The 42-year-old submission specialist is the oldest heavyweight on the UFC roster. However, he’s coming off a notable win over former UFC champ Fabricio Werdum at UFC 249 in May. Nevertheless, Oleinik is not the guy you scare with some impressive wins against other opponents, so Lewis will have to earn Oleinik’s respect in the cage.
Questions surround Olenik’s approach to the fight as he got into a striking match with Alastair Overeem when they fought. Not to mention Derrick Lewis is known to be one of the biggest punchers in the division. However, Oleinik is a very experienced fighter, who has seen many ups and downs, therefore statistics does not impress him. Oleinik’s biggest hopes to win this fight would be to counter-attack and wait for Lewis to make mistake, because „The Black Beast“ has a very strong chin, and is very hard to knockout with a single strike. Nevertheless, Oleinik is a patient fighter, but the only question is if he manages to improve his defence. Lewis might get rusty if he lacks action, and rush into a trap, that is what Oleinik should hope for.
Derrick Lewis vs Alexey Oleinik H2H
Both fighters have never faced before, therefore this fight gets even more interesting.