Derrick Lewis will be looking to string together three straight wins for the first time in almost two years when he takes on fellow heavyweight Aleksei Oleinik on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 174 as a -210 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Lewis is coming off a three-round unanimous decision win over Ilar Latifi at UFC 247 that lifted his professional MMA record to 23-7 going into Saturday night’s bout at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Lewis’s victory over Latifi as a -280 wager marked his second straight win since falling to defeat in consecutive contests for the first time in his career with a pair of second-round losses to Daniel Cormier and Junior dos Santos. While the brief win streak is welcomed by the popular 35-year-old, it also represents the first time that Lewis has recorded consecutive wins by decision. Overall, Lewis has now needed the nod from the judges to earn three of his past four victories after seeing 18 of his previous 19 victories come inside the distance, including 17 victories by knockout.
Like Lewis, Oleinik will take a two-fight win streak into the octagon for Saturday’s contest as a +170 underdog at sports betting sites. “The Boa Constrictor” has earned his nickname by claiming 46 of his 59 career victories by submission, including a second-round win over Maurice Greene at UFC 246 earlier this year, which paid out on +100 odds and earned him a Performance of the Night bonus. However, Oleinik barely escaped with a split decision win over Fabricio Werdum in his last outing, a three-round clash at UFC 249.
Elsewhere on the UFC betting lines for Saturday, Chris Weidman searches for his second win in seven outings as he returns to middleweight to take on Omari Akhmedov as narrow -130 chalk. Darren Stewart is pegged as a -170 favourite in his middleweight matchup with Maki Pitolo, while Julija Stoliarenko makes her first UFC appearance in two years looking for a sixth straight win as she faces off against Yana Kunitskaya as a +190 wager in women’s bantamweight action.
Weidman has never been the same since losing the UFC middleweight title by fourth-round TKO to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194. Weidman has been knocked out in four of five outings since, capped by a first-round KO loss to Dominick Reyes in his light heavyweight debut at UFC on ESPN 6.
Stoliarenko returns to the UFC after winning the Invicta FC bantamweight title with a split-decision victory over Lisa Verzosa earlier this year, ending a run of four straight opening-round submission victories.