Rescheduled for tonight’s main event, heavyweight contenders, Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis finally square off following the cancellation of their first attempted pairing back in November at UFC Vegas 15 amid a positive COVID-19 test result from the former.
Hoping to continue on his quest to his premier promotional title challenge, Lewis, like Blaydes headlines his second event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas — following his June unanimous decision victory over the recent feature, Alexander Volkov.
For New Orleans favourite, Lewis, a victory over the #2 ranked Blaydes would surely guarantee him his second title challenge under the UFC’s banner. Featuring in August of last year in a main event slot against common-foe, Aleksei Olienik, Lewis became the most prolific knockout artist in the history of the UFC’s heavyweight division, notching his eleventh stoppage via strikes.
In a co-main event matchup, Brazilian striker, Ketlen Vieira is rebooked to match with former Invicta FC bantamweight champion and one-time UFC featherweight title challenger, Yana Kunitskaya. Tipping the bantamweight scales at yesterday’s weigh-ins, Vieira was fined twenty percent of her fight purse, with the matchup proceeding at a 138-pound catchweight limit.
Manaus native, Vieira returned to the Octagon following her first promotional loss back in December of 2019 — taking a unanimous decision victory over Sijara Eubanks at UFC 252 last September.
Also returning to the win-column following a knockout loss of her own, Kunitskaya managed a unanimous judging win of her own against Julija Stoliarenko at UFC Vegas 6 in August.
UFC Vegas 19 Results: Blaydes vs. Lewis
Main Card: (ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis def. Curtis Blaydes via second round (1:26) KO (punch)
Catchweight (138-pounds): Yana Kunitskaya def. Ketlen Vieira via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Featherweight: Darrick Minner def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, and 29-27)
Heavyweight: Chris Daukaus def. Aleksei Oleinik via first round (1:55) TKO (strikes)
Middleweight: Phil Hawes def. Nassourdine Imavov via majority decision (28-28, and 29-28 x2)
Heavyweight: Tom Aspinall def. Andrei Arlovski via second round (1:09) submission (rear-naked choke)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass 5 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: Jared Gordon def. Danny Chavez via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 29-28)
Bantamweight: John Casteneda def. Eddie Wineland via first round (4:44) TKO (strikes)
Featherweight: Julian Erosa def. Nate Landwehr via first round (0:56) TKO (flying knee)
Flyweight: Casey O’Neill def. Shana Dobson via second round (3:41) TKO (strikes)
Bantamweight: Aiemann Zahabi def. Drako Rodriguez via first round (3:05) KO (punch)
Heavyweight: Serghei Spivac def. Jared Vanderaa via second round (4:32) TKO (strikes)