Blaydes, Smith favourites on UFC odds for Saturday

Curtis Blaydes. (Jim Young/AP)

Top-ranked heavyweights take centre stage on Saturday as Curtis Blaydes battles Derrick Lewis at UFC Vegas 15 as a heavy -400 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Blaydes has made a steady climb up the UFC rankings while posting wins in four straight fights, and sits as the No. 2 contender in the UFC heavyweight division going into Saturday night's fight at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

Blaydes saw his last clash decided by the judges, a five-round unanimous decision win over Alexander Volkov as a -365 wager at sports betting sites at UFC Vegas 3. However, the 29-year-old American has earned 10 of his 14 career wins by TKO, including recent second-round victories over Junior dos Santos and Shamil Abdurakhimov.

Listed as a +300 underdog for Saturday night, Lewis has posted wins in each of his past three fights, capped by a second-round TKO victory over veteran Aleksei Olenik at UFC Vegas 6 that paid out on -205 odds. Now listed as the No. 4 contender among UFC heavyweights, "The Black Beast" has seen his fight game evolve since gaining a reputation as a knockout specialist early in his career.

Three of Lewis' past five wins have come by decision after seeing 15 of his previous 16 victories come by TKO. However, despite going the distance with regularity of late, Lewis has seen just two of his 32 career fights extend beyond three rounds. His last clash to go into championship rounds came in June 2017, when he suffered a fourth-round TKO loss to Mark Hunt.

Elsewhere on the UFC Vegas 15 odds, Devin Clark will be aiming to win three in a row for the first time since joining the UFC four years ago when he battles fellow light heavyweight Anthony Smith as a +110 underdog.

Clark is coming off a three-round unanimous decision win over Alonzo Menifield at UFC 250 to improve to 6-4 in 10 career UFC clashes, with each of those victories coming by decision. However, when Clark goes down, he goes down quick, with each of his four UFC losses coming inside the distance, including opening-round knockout losses to Aleksandar Rakic and Alex Nicholson.

Smith enters the octagon as a -140 favourite despite falling to defeat in three of his past four outings, capped by a unanimous decision loss to Rakic at UFC Vegas 8, but he has claimed a Performance of the Night bonus in each of his past three wins.

Earlier in the evening, Josh Parisian takes on Parker Porter as -205 chalk in another clash of heavyweights, while Miguel Baeza clashes with Takashi Soto as the -165 favourite in welterweight action.

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