Aleksei Oleinik pleaded with matchmakers to pit him against the sport’s biggest names, and the UFC brass obliged. The veteran heavyweight contender meets fourth-ranked Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik on Saturday. The showcase from the Apex facility in Las Vegas features the main UFC fight card starting at 9 p.m. ET. The No. 10-ranked Oleinik is coming off a victory in May against former champion Fabricio Werdum that he called the biggest win of his career at the time.
He asked for more high-profile opponents and received Lewis, the former title-contender who will be gunning for his third consecutive victory. Lewis is a -215 favorite (risk $215 to win $100), while Oleinik is a +185 underdog in the latest Lewis vs. Oleinik odds from William Hill. In the co-main event, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (-120) takes on rising contender Omari Akhmedov (+100). Before making your UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik picks, make sure you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say, given the epic run he’s on.
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 single UFC card and does extensive research before each event.
Over the past 17 months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks are up nearly $20,000. The accomplished MMA analyst has been on fire as he has connected on 15 of his last 17 main-event selections, a stretch that included a streak of five straight underdogs. At UFC Fight Night two weeks ago, Marley called the decision victory for top-ranked middleweight Robert Whittaker (-135) against fifth-ranked Darren Till (+115). He also nailed his pick of Mauricio Rua (-200) against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+175) in the co-main event. Anyone who has consistently followed Marley is way up.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every fight. Those selections are only available at SportsLine.
Lewis vs. Oleinik preview
Marley knows the main event will have major implications for a heavyweight division that could soon be in a phase of serious transition. Champion Stipe Miocic faces former champ Daniel Cormier in their trilogy bout Aug. 15, and it could be the last fight for both veterans regardless of the outcome. Francis Ngannou appears entrenched for the next title shot with his No. 2 ranking, but the division remains relatively open. Lewis has a win over Ngannou to his credit, while third-ranked Curtis Blaydes has twice lost to Ngannou.
Lewis (23-7-1) would be well-positioned with a victory Saturday. The 35-year-old New Orleans native lost a short-notice title shot against Cormier in November 2018, followed by a stoppage defeat to former champ Junior Dos Santos in March 2019. Those losses had some observers questioning whether Lewis was past his prime, but the slugger has rebounded with consecutive wins over veterans Blagoy Ivanov and Ilir Latifi.
He faces a daunting challenge in Oleinik (59-13-1), who has seen a recent career resurgence of his own. The 43-year-old Russian submission specialist is noted for his ability to stop any opponent at any time with his vast array of fight-ending techniques. Oleinik is looking for his third win of 2020 after he used an armbar to stop Maurice Green in January, followed by a split decision over former champ Fabricio Werdum in May. You can only see Marley’s coveted Lewis vs. Oleinik picks here.
Top UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik predictions
We’ll share one of Marley’s UFC Fight Night selections here: He is backing Andrew Sanchez (+135) to upset Wellington Turman (-155) in a middleweight bout. Turman (16-3) has split a pair of UFC bouts after dominating the competition in runs through lesser promotions. He dropped his UFC debut in a razor-thin split decision against fellow prospect Karl Roberson last July before the 24-year-old Brazilian rebounded with a decision victory against Markus Perez in November.
Sanchez (11-5), 32, won his first two UFC bouts before coming up short against rising star Marvin Vettori in October of last year. The Illinois native earned a spot on the UFC roster with a win over Khalil Rountree on “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2016.
“Sanchez might be the better wrestler. He will also be more active on his feet and can win there as well,” Marley told SportsLine.
How to make UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik picks
Marley also has strong picks for Lewis vs. Oleinik and every other bout on the UFC Fight Night card. He’s also backing one fighter who is getting “his easiest fight on paper” in a long time. You can see those UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik picks only at SportsLine.
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UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik odds (via William Hill)
Derrick Lewis (-215) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (+185)
Chris Weidman (-120) vs. Omari Akhmedov (+100)
Darren Stewart (-180) vs. Maki Pitolo (+160)
Yana Kunitskaya (-230) vs. Julija Stoliarenko (+195)
Beneil Dariush (-160) vs. Scott Holtzman (+140)
Laureano Staropoli (-135) vs. Tim Means (+115)
Nasrat Haqparast (-235) vs. Alex Munoz (+195)
Wellington Turman (-155) vs. Andrew Sanchez (+135)
Gavin Tucker (-145) vs. Justin Jaynes (+125)
Youssef Zalal (-410) vs. Peter Barrett (+330)
Irwin Rivera (-200) vs. Ali Al Qaisi (+170)