Derrick Lewis has long been one of the premier heavyweights in the UFC. A two-time title challenger and powerhouse, Lewis knows exactly how to finish opponents with punches and submissions – something Curtis Blaydes was supposed to take care of until suffering injuries during training and had to bow out due to this fight being moved up one day; therefore Lewis steps in with confidence after an incredible performance against Marcos Rogerio de Lima that earned him a Performance of the Night bonus bonus.
Almeida has distinguished himself since entering the UFC in 2022 by taking down all five opponents with ease and featuring a dangerous ground game capable of setting up submissions or attacking with ground and pound. Many observers have been reminded by his athleticism and world-class grappling ability that his combination echoes Cyril Gane who rose quickly through the rankings until falling short against Jon Jones as champion.
Given both men’s impressive power, this should be a tight contest. While one stoppage seems likely, these two are well matched to go all the way.
Almeida must keep Lewis off of the cage while limiting his opportunities to land big shots, possibly through clinch work as they attempt to neutralize each other’s wrestling and grappling abilities.
As for Lewis, he’s built to be an unstoppable powerhouse and his boxing experience provides him with all of the tools to strike at any moment. His natural strength and extensive experience makes him a formidable opponent to face down, while his superior striking skills allow him to land decisive shots that could decide any fight.
Lewis will face an uphill struggle against Almeida in São Paulo, but he certainly possesses the tools to succeed in his hometown. However, facing someone of Almeida’s size, speed, and varied skill set could prove too much for Lewis – either by submission, TKO, or knockout it should make for an entertaining main event in Sao Paulo.
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Jailton Almeida vs Derrick Lewis Fight Information
- Date: 11/04/2023
- Time: 11:15 PM ET
- Location: Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida.
- How to Watch Almeida vs Lewis: ESPN+
- Live Stream: BT Sport.com