For the final time this year, the UFC Apex facility, Las Vegas, Nevada, will be the venue for a night of thrilling fight night action on Saturday, the 18th of December 2021.After an electrifying UFC 269 PPV event last week, fans are in for another blockbuster show this weekend. Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis takes on fellow top ten ranked Chris Daukaus in a colossal heavyweight main event matchup.
The co-main event features “Wonderboy” Stephen Thompson versus an in-form Belal Muhammad who is currently enjoying a five-fight winning streak. A number of other exciting matchups are lined up on the main and preliminary cards, serving to round up what has been an amazing year of UFC events overall. Stay with us for the best bets, odds, tips,and predictions for all bouts on the fight card for the night.
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus General Information:
- Date:Saturday, December 18, 2021
- TV-Time: ESPN+, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Venue: UFC Apex Facility
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
- Fights: 6 Fights on the Main Card and 8 fights on the Preliminary Card
- Main Event: Derrick Lewis vs. Chris Daukaus
Expert Pick #1 – Lewis to win @-160
After stringing together an impressive 4-fight winning streak spanning 3 years, Derrick Lewis was stopped in his tracks and prevented from getting a heavyweight title shot by the really impressive number one contender Cyril Gane. Now in a fight to remain in and around title contention at 265 pounds he takes on number 8 ranked Chris Daukas, who has put together his own 4-fight win streak since his first outing in the UFC octagon.
Remarkably, Daukaus comes in as the slight betting favorite in this matchup. That shows how well he performed in his last fight where he secured a TKO ground and pound victory over Shamil Abdurakhimov. However, in that matchup versus Abdurakhimov, Chris Daukaus showed quite well that he could be hit, sometimes even walking into straight shots. Derrick Lewis possesses power on another level to Abdurakhimov and just one of those shots could send Daukaus to sleep. We have seen Lewis secure victories like this in the past and we’re backing him to do so again in this fight. Our experts’ prediction for this one is a Derrick Lewis win by KO/TKO.
Records: Derrick Lewis 25-8-0| Chris Daukaus 12-3-0 Main Card –Heavyweight(265lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 12:30 a.m. ET
Expert Pick #2 – Thompson to win @-152
Off the back of his unanimous decision loss to Gilbert Burns, “Wonderboy” Stephen Thompson faces off against another grappler in Belal Muhammad this weekend. Muhammad comes into the fight riding a good form wave of five straight wins and he will be looking to break into the welterweight top tens with a victory.
Stephen Thompson has the reach and height advantage in this fight, alongside better striking and distance control. Considering that Muhammad’s wrestling is not nearly as good as Gilbert Burns’, we see the majority of this fight being played out on the feet where Wonderboy has the edge. Thompson should be able to defend the takedowns, control the fight, and pick Muhammad apart to secure a unanimous decision win on the night.
Records: Stephen Thompson 16-5-1 | Belal Muhammad 19-3-0 Main Card – Welterweight (170lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 11:30 p.m. ET
Expert Pick #3 – Gamrot to win @–124
Combining great grappling with formidable striking and cardio, Mateusz “Gamer” Gamrot is a real prospect at lightweight. After recording his first defeat in the UFC by a split decision in 2020 (many fans thought he won that fight) Gamrot has been on a good run of two victories, both being finishes.
He will be taking on an experienced fighter on Diego Ferreira who will be trying to snap a two-fight losing streak himself. Gamrot has good enough striking and great enough wrestling to dominate Ferreira in both departments so we see him controlling this fight from start to finish. Our experts predict a convincing win for the Pole, Mateusz Gamrot.
Records: Diego Ferreira 17-4-0 |Mateusz Gamrot 19-1-0 Main Card – Lightweight (155lbs) – Approx. Start Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Complete Card & Predictions for the Night
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus draws the curtains on a memorable year of UFC events. From the first first on the preliminary card to the main event clash, it is expected to be a show piece from start to finish. Here are the complete Predictions, Odds, Bets and Tips for all the fights this weekend:
- Welterweight (170lbs): Stephen Thompson vs. Belal Muhammad– Thompson via KO/TKO
- (W)Strawweight (115lbs): Amanda Lemos vs. Angela Hill– Lemos via Decision
- Bantamweight (135lbs): Raphael Assunçao vs. Ricky Simón – Simon via KO/TKO
- Lightweight (155lbs): Diego Ferreira vs. Mateusz Gamrot – Gamrot via KO/TKO
- Featherweight (145lbs): Darren Elkins vs. Cub Swanson – Swanson via Decision
- Middleweight (185lbs): Gerald Meerschaert vs. Dustin Stoltzfus – Meerschaert via KO/TKO
- Bantamweight (135lbs): Raoni Barcelos vs. Victor Henry – Barcelos via KO/TKO
- Heavyweight (265lbs): Justin Tafa vs. Harry Hunsucker – Tafa via Decision
- (W) Flyweight (125lbs): Sijara Eubanks vs. Melissa Gatto – Gatto via Decision
- Featherweight (145lbs): Charles Jourdain vs. Andre Ewell – Jourdain via Decision
- Featherweight (145lbs): Raquel Pennington vs. Macy Chiasson – Chiasson via Decision
- Heavyweight (265lbs): Don’Tale Mayes vs. Josh Parisian – Mayes via KO/TKO
- Lightweight (155lbs): Matt Sayles vs. Jordan Leavitt – Sayles via Decision
Derrick Lewis was building up a lot of momentum with impressive victories over some of the best heavyweights in the world, even knocking out former number one contender Curtis Blaydes in his very last win. A matchup with the reigning heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou was clearly in his sights.
Considering that he had beaten Ngannou in the past it was certainly a bout to look forward to. However, the black beast was handed a humbling defeat by the outstanding frenchman Cyril Gane. Lewis now would be focused on getting back to winning ways immediately to get his title charge back on track. The Black Beast could very well deliver a performance to cap off an all round impressive year bar his one defeat. You do not want to miss it. Tune in again next time for the best bets, odds, tips,and predictions