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Best bets for UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis

Maybe the UFC is playing it safe on a card immediately following Thanksgiving by booking heavyweights in the main event. Hopefully, there's very little chance of weight issues coming into play.

But what's compelling for fans this Saturday is a matchup between two of the top five ranked big men that show sharp stylistic contrasts, with the winner having a strong case for title contention in a division suddenly full of fresh contenders. Assuming that current top-ranked Francis Ngannou gets a title rematch against champion Stipe Miocic relatively soon, the winner here could call their shot at "next" and wait for things to play out.

Prelims start at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN2/ESPN+, and the main card begins at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN+.

Odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.


Heavyweight main event: No. 2 Curtis Blaydes (-350) vs. No. 4 Derrick Lewis (+290)