Curtis Blaydes has posted a pair of five-fight winning streaks as a pro, including one that began his mixed martial arts career. He's hoping a third such run will result in his first shot at a heavyweight title. Blaydes will take on Derrick Lewis on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis. The main UFC fight card begins at 10 p.m. ET. Ranked second in the division, Blaydes is trusting that a victory over Lewis would allow him to sidestep a third meeting with No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou and receive a shot at Stipe Miocic's title.
The fourth-ranked Lewis seeks to spoil Blaydes' plans and move up the UFC rankings. Blaydes is a -340 favorite (risk $340 to win $100), while Lewis is a +270 underdog in the latest UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis odds from William Hill Sportsbook. In the co-main event, Anthony Smith (-135) takes on Devin Clark (+115) in a light heavyweight fight. Before making your UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis picks, make sure you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say.
Marley won the first-ever "ToutMaster" UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every single fight for every professional MMA card and does extensive research before each event.
Over the past 21 months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley's picks are up more than $21,000. The accomplished MMA analyst has been on a memorable tear in 2020 as he has hit on 24 of his last 33 UFC main-event selections, a stretch that included a streak of five straight underdogs. At UFC 255 last week, Marley advised SportsLine members to back Tim Means (+125) against Mike Perry (-145) in a welterweight battle on the main card. Means landed 143 strikes to Perry's 69 en route to a unanimous decision, giving Marley's followers another winner. Anyone who has consistently followed him is way up.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis rapidly approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC odds, and released his picks for every fight. Those UFC Fight Night picks only are available here.
Blaydes vs. Lewis preview
Blaydes (14-2) has won four consecutive fights and eight of his last nine. His only loss in that stretch was a first-round TKO against Ngannou, who also handed Blaydes his first career defeat in his UFC debut. The 29-year-old Blaydes' most recent victory came on June 20, when he won a unanimous decision against Alexander Volkov.
Four of Blaydes' last eight victories have been via decision after recording the first six of his career by knockout. The native of Illinois recorded 14 takedowns in the win over Volkov, setting a UFC record for most in a heavyweight fight.
Lewis (24-7) is seeking his fourth straight win after scoring a second-round TKO against Aleksei Oleinik on Aug. 8 in the UFC Fight Night main event. The 35-year-old from New Orleans has recorded 19 of his 24 professional victories via knockout, setting the UFC heavyweight record with 11 since joining the promotion in 2014. You can only see Marley's coveted Blaydes vs. Lewis picks here.
Top UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis predictions
We'll share one of Marley's UFC Fight Night predictions here: He is backing Bill Algeo (+150) to pull off an upset against Spike Carlyle (-175) in a featherweight bout.
Algeo (13-5) has struggled, losing two of his last three fights after winning four in a row and 11 of his previous 13. The 31-year-old's most recent defeat came on Aug. 29, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Ricardo Lamas in his UFC debut. A former Ring of Combat featherweight champion, Algeo had posted a unanimous-decision victory over Tim Dooling in the Cage Fury Fighting Championships just 16 days earlier.
Carlyle (9-2) has split his first two UFC bouts, defeating Aalon Cruz in February before losing a unanimous decision against Billy Quarantillo three months later. The setback ended a five-fight winning streak for the 27-year-old, who has gone the distance in just three of his 11 professional bouts. Carlyle has recorded five knockout victories in his career, each ending in the opening round.
"If Algeo makes it past the first round, I like him to start taking over and get the late finish or a decision win," Marley told SportsLine.
How to make UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis picks
Marley also has strong picks for Blaydes vs. Lewis and every other bout on the UFC Fight Night card. He's also backing one combatant who is "the more dangerous fighter everywhere." You can see those UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis picks here.
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UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis odds
Curtis Blaydes (-340) vs. Derrick Lewis (+270)
Anthony Smith (-135) vs. Devin Clark (+115)
Josh Parisian (-230) vs. Parker Porter (+190)
Amir Albazi (-105) vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (-115)
Miguel Baeza (-160) vs. Takashi Sato (+135)
Spike Carlyle (-165) vs. Bill Algeo (+140)
Ashlee Evans-Smith (-120) vs. Norma Dumont (+100)
Martin Day (-180) vs. Anderson Dos Santos (+155)
Gina Mazany (-150) vs. Rachael Ostovich (+125)
Jonathan Pearce (+270) vs. Kai Kamaka (-340)
Su Mudaerji (-340) vs. Malcolm Gordon (+270)
Luke Sanders (-135) vs. Joseph Maness (+115)