Staff Picks for UFC Fight Night: JDS vs Lewis on ESPN+

  UFC is at it again this weekend with UFC Fight Night Dos Santos vs Lewis on ESPN+. The main card kicksoff at 8pm with prelims starting at 5pm. The main event pits two heavy hitting men looking for another title shot in there near future. Former heavyweight champion and KO artist Junior Dos Santos is riding a two fight win streak and showing that he has plenty fuel left in his tank to make another run to the title and a win over Derrick Lewis could put him right there. His opponent The BlackBeast , Derrick Lewis is looking to get back on track after his loss to Champion DC in his first attempt to win a title. The track recorded from both these fighters says this is gonna be a action packed and probably not make it to the finish line. Both Men are heavy hitting KO monsters and it can happen at any moment.

For this main event we have a unanimous pick from our staff choosing JDS to take out Derrick Lewis and move one step closer to a title shot.

Now for the rest of this great card.

The co-main event for fight night in Wichita, Kansas is a welterweight clash between Curtis Millender and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. Both men are riding impressive win streaks. Dos Santos is on a 6 fight win streak since his debut loss in the UFC. Millender is on 9 fight win streak 3 of which have come in the UFC octagon as of late. Both men are looking to slide into the rankings of the welterweight division and start making the climb to the top. Both are very well rounded fighters and love to engage. This is great test for both men and will really tell who is ready for the next step in their careers. I have Dos Santos wining via TKO do to strikes in the second round.

Dave Van Auken- Curtis Millender

Max Van Auken- Curtis Millender

Moving down the card we have another 170lbs clash with Niko Price vs Tim Means. Niko is coming off a KO loss to Abdul Razak Alhassan back on 9/08/18 and is looking to start another win streak and regain his footing in a very crowded division. The Hybrid will face a very tough vet and talented fighter in Tim Means who is coming off a KO victory over Ricky Rainey back on 11/30/18. Means has always been a solid competitor in the UFC but has never really made into contender status. Each man needs this win to help solidify their presence as a real threat to the division. I have Tim Means winning via TKO in the 2nd or 3rd round.

Dave Van Auken- Niko Price

Max Van Auken- Niko Price

    Next up we have another heavy weight clash between Big Ben Rothwell ,returning from a 3 year layoff due to injury and a failed drug test vs former WSOF heavyweight champ Blagoy Ivanov. Ivanov is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Junior Dos Santos. This was his first fight in the UFC and he was thrown to the wolves right away. He is looking to show everyone the real potential and talent he has a heavyweight in the UFC and he can do that with a victory over tough vet and very skilled Big Be Rothwell. Big Ben on the other hand has been out of competition for 3 years. Ben needs to come in and get a win and prove to himself and everyone else he still belongs among the biggest names in the hardest hitting division in combat sports. I have Blagoy Ivanov for the win.

Dave Van Auken- Blagoy Ivanov

Max Van Auken- Ben Rothwell

   The second match on the main card is a lightweight bout between Beneil Dariush vs Drew Dober. Both men are looking to keep the momentum moving forward and hopefully up the up into the rankings. Dariush has had some ups and downs of late but he is coming off a win and looking to start a streak tomorrow night in Wichita. But Dober stands in his way and looking to extend his 3 fight win streak and keep moving up the ladder of the division. This should be a fun one to watch. I have Drew Dober winning via strikes from ground and pound in the 2nd.

Dave Van Auken- Beneil Dariush

Max Van Auken- Beneil Dariush

       The opening bout on the main card is a middle weight tilt between to hard hitting warriors. This bout features Tim Boetsch vs Omari Akhmedov. This should be a great scrape to kick off the main card, this could be the fight of the night. I am going with Barbarian Tim Boetsch by decision.

Dave Van Auken- Tim Boetsch

Max Van Auken- Tim Boetsch           

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