UFC Vegas 19 saw the second of two heavyweight main events for the month of February transpire.
Curtis Blaydes was looking to cement his place at the top of the heavyweight mountain with a fifth straight win in the division. Opposite him, the fearsome Derrick Lewis, hoping to add a fourth win to his own streak. And while neither man appeared to be in line for a title shot, with Jon Jones promised the victor of Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2, MMA is a harsh mistress, and really, anything could happen in the ensuing months.
And so Blaydes vs. Lewis was no less important to the future of the heavyweight division. And certainly no less important to Blaydes, long underappreciated due to the blanketing wrestling style he chooses to employ.
Also on Saturday night’s Fight Night card, four other heavyweight tilts, including two veterans facing up-and-comers: opening the main card, Andrei Arlovski was paired up against British pugilist Tom Aspinall. Later on, submission specialist Aleksei Oleinik tangled with Chris Daukaus. Would a changing of the guard transpire in Las Vegas, or would experience trump youth?
Tune in following the event for the UFC Vegas 19 post-fight press conference. A live stream is available above. Start time subject to change.