The UFC headquarters in Las Vegas (USA) will see, this Saturday (20th), another of the promotions events. UFC Vegas 19, will have as its main event, a fight which could produce a future title challenger at heavyweight. Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewi will do battle and, whoever wins, could become the next in line to face Stipe Miocic. In the co-main event, looking for a place in the Top 5, of the bantamweight division, Brazilian Ketlen Vieira will face off against Russian Yana Kunitskaya.
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With an eye on the title, Blaydes and Lewis face off
A clash between two of the top 5 heavyweights headlines Saturday’s UFC card. On one side of the octagon we have the number two in the rankings, Curtis Blaydes (14-2-0). The American comes with an impressive four-fight winning streak, which includes victories over names like former champion Junior Cigano and Alexander Volkov. With one more victory, Blaydes could finally dream of a chance to fight for the belt.
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On the other side is Derrick Lewis (24-7-0), currently fourth in the rankings. Record holder of most knockouts in the history of the UFC heavyweight division, with 11, “The Black Beast” is also going through a good phase for the promotion – with three consecutive victories. Similarly to his opponent, one more could see his receive another title shot: in the first, he was submitted by Cormier.
Ketlen Vieira is the only fighter from Brazil on the card
Ketlen Vieira (11-1-0) will fight, against Russian Yana Kunitskaya (13-5-0, 1NC), in the co-main event. At 29 years old, Vieira hopes to start 2021 in the same way she ended 2020 – with a great performance. In her last fight, in September, she defeated Sijara Eubanks by unanimous decision. In addition, the Brazilian – who is currently sixth in the bantamweight division – has victories over the former challengers Cat Zingano and Sara McMann. A position below Ketlen in the ranking, Yana Kunitskaya also comes from a victory. In August, she defeated Julija Stoliarenko by unanimous decision.
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UFC Vegas 19
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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Derrick Lewis defeated Curtis Blaydes by 2R knockout
Yana Kunitskaya defeated Ketlen Vieira by unanimous decision of the judges
Darrick Minner defeated Charles Rosa by unanimous decision of the judges
Chris Daukaus defeated Alexey Oleynik via technical knockout in 1R
Phil Hawes defeated Nassourdine Imavov by majority decision of the jury
Tom Aspinal submitted Andrei Arlovski with a rear naked choke in 2R
Jared Gordon defeated Danny Chavez by unanimous decision of the judges
John Castañeda defeated Eddie Wineland by technical knockout in 1R
Julian Erosa defeated Nate Landwehr by technical knockout in 1R
Casey O’Neill defeated Shana Dobson by technical knockout in 2R
Aiemann Zahabi defeated Drako Rodriguez by 1R knockout
Sergey Spivac defeated Jared Vanderaa via technical knockout in 2R