The co-main event of UFC 271 features the fight between the former UFC Heavyweight title challenger and number 3rd ranked Heavyweight fighter, Derrick Lewis facing the number 11th ranked UFC Heavyweight fighter, Tai Tuivasa. Here is the UFC 271 Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa Prediction, Odds, and Fight Preview.
UFC 271: Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa Fight Preview
‘The Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis is one of the most popular Heavyweight fighters in UFC. He made his UFC debut against Jack May at UFC on Fox: Werdum vs Browne. Lewis put on an impressive win steak and defeated many big names in the division such as Francis Ngannou, Alexander Volkov, Marcin Tybura, and others before he faced Daniel Cormier for the Heavyweight title at UFC 230.
Cormier defeated him via second-round submission and Derrick Lewis lost one more fight following that against the former UFC Heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos. But he again put four fights winning streak which includes wins against Curtis Blaydes, Alexey Oleynik, and others. Riding this win streak he fought for the interim Heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 265.
This time ‘The Black Beast’ lost again by a third-round TKO but he came back to win column in his very next fight against Chris Daukaus on UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Daukaus and broke the record for most knockout wins in UFC history. Now he’ll look forward to adding one more knockout win at UFC 271 to his record.
The Australian Heavyweight fighter Tai Tuivasa is also one of the most rapidly rising Heavyweight fighters in terms of popularity inside UFC. He made his UFC debut against Rashad Coulter on UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs Tybura.
Tuivasa won his first three consecutive fights in UFC but after that, he lost three one after one. His first loss came against Junior Dos Santos on UFC Fight Night: Tuivasa vs Dos Santos which came as the first loss of his MMA career. After losing two more fights he finally turned the tide in his favor and put on an impressive win streak of four fights.
This includes wins against Stefan Struve, Greg Hardy, Augusto Sakai, and others. Tuivasa also won the performance of the night bonus in his last two fights and now he would look forward to making a hat trick on these bonuses.
UFC 271: Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa Prediction and Odds
‘The Black Beast’ Derrick Lewis is the crowd favorite entering into this fight with betting odds of -170 in his favor against Tai Tuivasa who is coming into this fight to win betting odds +150 in his favor.
This fight will be a perfect note setter for the much anticipated Middleweight title fight at UFC 271. It is going to be really interested to see whose hand will be raised when the dust settles in this fight.
Predicted Result: Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa