Following the successful PPV event at Madison Square Garden with UFC 281, the UFC returns to its Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the next fight card, UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivac or also known as UFC Fight Night 215, and UFC Vegas 65.
The UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivac will be contested next Saturday, November 19, 2022, with a series of exciting bouts, totaling 13, for all MMA fans. Undoubtedly, this event will be headlined by the bout in the heavyweight category between Derrick Lewis and Serghei Spivac.
The night’s co-main event will be between American Cody Brundage and Brazilian Rodolfo Vieira, both fighting in the 185-pound division.
Below, we will have a preview of each of the fights to be contested at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivac, with updates on each fighter, betting odds, and our picks for each of the fights.
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivac – Betting Odds & Free Pick – Info
Saturday, November 19 at 01:00 pm ET at UFC Apex Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC Fight Night Main Card
- Derrick Lewis +156 vs. Serghei Spivac -204 (heavyweight)
- Ion Cutelaba +140 vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu -181 (light heavyweight)
- Chase Sherman +148 vs. Waldo Cortes-Acosta -192 (heavyweight)
- Andre Fialho -111 vs. Muslim Salikhov -114 (welterweight)
- Jack Della Maddalena -500 vs. Danny Roberts +342 (welterweight)
- Rodolfo Vieira -192 vs. Cody Brundage +148
- Charles Johnson -169 vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov +133 (flyweight)
- Jennifer Maia +139 vs. Maryna Moroz -178 (women’s flyweight)
- Vince Morales +118 vs. Miles Johns -151 (bantamweight)
- Kevin Natividad +127 vs. Ricky Turcios -161 (bantamweight)
- Vanessa Demopoulos -104 vs. Maria Oliveira -121 (women’s strawweight)
- Brady Hiestand -169 vs. Fernie García +133 (bantamweight)
- Natália Silva -178 vs. Tereza Bleda +139 (women’s flyweight)
Where Can I Watch it?
UFC Fight Night: Derrick Lewis vs. Serghei Spivac
Why Bet on Lewis
Derrick Lewis’ UFC octagon career has been on the decline in recent times. “The Black Beast,” as he is popularly known, has a 1-3 record in his last four fights, and to top it off, he comes into this fight after a first-round technical knockout loss to Serghei Pavlovich in July.
Before that loss, Lewis was knocked out by Tai Tuivasa in February. The experienced 37-year-old fighter is in desperate need of a win to stay in the top 10 of the rankings.
A perfect 8-0 when competing in Las Vegas, Lewis has finished each of his last four assignments in Las Vegas and will look to do the same on Saturday night.
Why Bet on Spivac
On the other hand, Serghei Spivac makes his sixth consecutive start in Las Vegas, which he now calls home, this weekend, looking to build a streak of two straight wins.
In his last outing, “The Polar Bear” beat Augusto Sakai with a second-round TKO and should continue his hot streak at Saturday’s upcoming UFC Fight Night event.
The Moldovan has won five of his last six fights and looks to make another big impression in the division.
Final Betting Analysis: Derrick Lewis vs. Serghei Spivac
Everything points to this bout being high voltage from the start of the fight. While Derrick Lewis will be looking to extend his record of most knockouts in UFC, Spivac will want to earn the respect he deserves with a win over one of the best in the division.
With that said, our pick is a win for Serghei Spivac.
UFC Fight Night: Ion Cuțelaba vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
Why Bet on Cuțelaba
Ion Cuțelaba has been struggling for consistency throughout his UFC career. “The Hulk” comes into this fight after two consecutive first-round submission losses, the most recent being to Johnny Walker in September.
Cuțelaba has only decided his fights by judges’ decision four times in his UFC career, displaying a “kill or be killed” style of fighting that has resulted in seven of his last 10 fights.
He is one of those fighters who are more dangerous than he looks despite a 5-7-1 record in the UFC.
Why Bet on Nzechukwu
After snapping a two-fight losing streak in his last fight with a third-round knockout win over Karl Roberson, Nzechukwu looks to start building momentum once again.
The former Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) participant and Fortis MMA representative has the physique to be a threat in the UFC but has struggled with consistency and his slow starts to fights, which could be a problem against a fighter as skilled as Cutelaba.
Before the win over Roberson, Kennedy Nzechukwu suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his career through 2021-22. However, “African Savage” should continue on the winning path when he faces Cutelaba on Saturday.
Final Betting Analysis: Ion Cuțelaba vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
Both fighters are known for throwing very hard and accurate punches in an attempt to finish fights as quickly as possible by way of knockout. There is a good chance that the winner of this fight will do so in a brutal fashion and the process of determining if that will happen should be a lot of fun to watch this weekend.
Likewise, our pick for this fight is a win for Kennedy Nzechukwu.
UFC Fight Night: Rodolfo Vieira vs. Cody Brundage
Why Bet on Brundage
Cody Brundage had an unsuccessful start to his promotional career but has followed that up with back-to-back first-round victories this year.
In March, he picked up a remarkable win with a guillotine choke over Dalcha Lungiambula, and in July, a hard right hand sent Tresean Gore to the canvas.
Why Bet on Vieira
Rodolfo Vieira began his MMA career with seven straight wins, including two straight victories in his UFC debut, but Vieira has not had much success inside the octagon recently. “The Black Belt Hunter” lost last year to Anthony Hernandez and Chris Curtis in June and carries a 1-2 record in his last three fights.
Vieira will look to bounce back once again when he makes his fifth consecutive appearance in Las Vegas this weekend.
Final Betting Analysis: Rodolfo Vieira vs. Cody Brundage
Cody Brundage is looking to keep things smooth, while Rodolfo Vieira will be looking to win this middleweight bout and break into the top 15 in 2023.
That’s why our pick for this fight is a win for Cody Brundage.
UFC Fight Night: Chase Sherman vs. Waldo Cortes-Acosta
Why Bet on Sherman
The 32-year-old experienced fighter, Chase Sherman, was scheduled to face Josh Parisian two weeks ago, but the fight fell through when Parisian was forced to withdraw for medical reasons.
After a streak of four consecutive losses, Chase Sherman got back to winning ways with a third-round TKO against Jared Vanderaa last July. “The Vanilla Gorilla” is looking for his second straight win in this bout.
Why Bet on Cortes-Acosta
On the other hand, Waldo Cortes-Acosta will make his second UFC appearance on Saturday against Sherman. The undefeated contender defeated Jared Vanderaa last month and is ready to make a quick turnaround.
Cortes-Acosta earned a first-round knockout victory earlier this year on Dana White’s Contender Series to punch his ticket to the UFC. Waldo comes into this bout with an 8-0-0 record that he is looking to improve upon next Saturday.
Final Betting Analysis: Chase Sherman vs. Waldo Cortes-Acosta
All possibilities are open in this fight, but we have to wait if Chase Sherman can deliver the first loss in his career to the Dominican Waldo Cortes-Acosta or if he will keep his undefeated record by getting his second win in 4 weeks.
We expect a knockout between these two fighters and our winner’s chip goes to Waldo Cortes-Acosta.
UFC Fight Night: Andre Fialho vs. Muslim Salikhov
Why Bet on Fialho
Fialho will be making his fifth submission of the year, but his first since UFC 275 this past June, where his excellent winning streak was snapped dramatically by Jake Matthews.
Fialho looks to close out his rookie campaign with a third win and put himself in a good position heading into his second year in the UFC octagon.
Why Bet on Salikhov
Muslim Salikhov, on the other hand, is coming off a TKO loss to Jing Liang Li in July, which ended his five-fight winning streak. It was the second loss of his professional UFC career and just the third in his career.
The “King of Kung Fu” doesn’t seem to have slowed down after his latest loss he’s likely to start a string of wins again this weekend in what should be a competitive showdown against Fialho.
Final Betting Analysis: Andre Fialho vs. Muslim Salikhov
Both Fialho and Salikhov usually keep their fights on the feet, so we expect a very tactical contest, but very entertaining and, above all, surprising while it lasts.
Likewise, we believe that Muslim Salikhov will be the one to take the victory in this fight.
UFC Fight Night: Jack Della Maddalena vs. Danny Roberts
Why Bet on Della Maddalena
Della Maddalena has made an excellent impression inside the UFC octagon very early in his career, earning a pair of first-round stoppage victories.
While his January win over last-minute replacement Pete Rodriguez is notable, the Australian managed to increase his win streak to 12 against Russian veteran Ramazan Emeev.
Why Bet on Roberts
Danny Roberts, meanwhile, comes into this fight off a decision loss to Francisco Trinaldo last May. The Englishman has a record of 2 wins and 3 losses in his last five UFC appearances.
The British fighter has struggled to find consistency throughout his UFC career, but stopping the Australian’s promising rise could be a very good move to start 2023 with an excellent pace.
Final Betting Analysis: Jack Della Maddalena vs. Danny Roberts
Both men love to throw punches and don’t mind taking one, so they should use the first two minutes of the first round to reading their opponent and then start throwing big, powerful punches at each other for the rest.
That said, we think the winner of this fight will be Jack Della Maddalena.
UFC Fight Night: Charles Johnson vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Why Bet on Johnson
Charles Johnson, a former LFA flyweight champion who made his UFC octagon debut last July in London, was unable to pick up a win over rising star Muhammad Mokaev, as the judges said Mokaev had the better fight.
Johnson had managed to win four straight fights before his UFC debut, including a fifth-round knockout win over Carlos Mota. This only makes us think he should have more to offer against Zhumagulov on Saturday.
Why Bet on Zhumagulov
On the other hand, we have Zhalgas Zhumagulov, who has also not had a good start in the UFC after a 1-4 record in his first 5 fights contested at the top competitive level.
While the 34-year-old fighter has had a lot of trouble getting positive results in his fights, his losses to Raulian Paiva, Amir Albazi, and, most recently, Jeff Molina, have left a very good taste in his mouth.
Final Betting Analysis: Charles Johnson vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Given that it takes a certain number of fighters to reach Zhumagulov’s full potential, this bout will tell fans and viewers what to expect from Johnson’s progression going forward.
Every division needs or wants Zhumagulov, and Johnson’s path in this weekend’s test will give a clearer picture of where he fits in the year-end welterweight division.
That said, our pick for this bout is a Charles Johnson win.
UFC Fight Night: Jennifer Maia vs. Maryna Moroz
Why Bet on Maia
Former title challenger Jennifer Maia is looking to close out the year with a win to help her get back on the winning track and improve her current record to 19-9-1.
Maia made her UFC debut with an MMA record of 15-4-1, holding the Invicta FC flyweight title and an excellent streak of 6 consecutive wins, but, in this year 2022 she has not been able to take the expected victories, despite fighting against great fighters such as champion Valentina Shevchenko, #2 ranked Katlyn Chookagian and Frenchwoman Manon Fiorot.
Why Bet on Moroz
Moroz, who submitted Joan Wood in her debut seven years ago and impressed everyone, impressed champion Joanna Jedrzeczyk, who was sitting in the front row in Kraków.
Moroz, 31, comes into this bout on a streak of three straight wins, the last of which was a second-round submission over Mariya Agapova earlier this year.
Final Betting Analysis: Jennifer Maia vs. Maryna Moroz
Maryna Moroz or “The Iron Lady” stands out for her strong grappling, with 6 wins by way of finishing. While the Brazilian Maia needs a victory urgently, as it could be the end of her career in the UFC.
Our pick for this fight is a victory for Maryna Moroz.
UFC Fight Night: Vince Morales vs. Miles Johns
Why Bet on Morales
Vince “Vandetta” Morales comes into this fight with a professional record of 11-6-0. The 32-year-old fighter weighs 135 pounds, stands 5’7″, and has a reach of 70″. In his last fight last May, Morales faced Jonathan Martinez and walked away with a unanimous decision loss in round 3.
Morales had a negative streak of 2-5 at the beginning of the year 2021, but he achieved two very good consecutive victories against Drako Rodriguez and Louis Smolka, which propelled him to start in the best possible way this 2022.
Why Bet on Johns
Miles Johns has an excellent 12-2 record in his pro career, but, inside the UFC octagon, he hasn’t had much luck, as he has a 3-2 record in his five fights, and, like Morales, he doesn’t want to end the year on a losing streak.
Johns had won two consecutive fights against Kevin Natividad and Anderson Dos Santos, before his showdown with John Castaneda in February, but after a good first round, he faded and was submitted in the third.
Miles “Chapo” Johns is 5’7″ and weighs 135 pounds like Morales, and has a very good record, as mentioned above, of 12-2-0.
Final Betting Analysis: Vince Morales vs. Miles Johns
The bantamweight division remains the most competitive within the UFC, meaning that getting wins is very important for every fighter, but they are far from easy to come by.
Both Morales and Johns are well aware of this and, therefore, should be at full strength when they meet this weekend in Las Vegas.
For this bout, our prediction is a win for Miles Johns.
UFC Fight Night: Kevin Natividad vs. Ricky Turcios
Why Bet on Natividad
After a spectacular streak of 5 consecutive victories and a 9-1 record as a professional in MMA, Natividad was called to participate in the UFC octagon, but since joining the UFC, he has had a very complicated path.
The 29-year-old comes into this fight on the heels of two consecutive knockout losses and is looking to snap out of his losing streak and earn his first UFC victory.
Why Bet on Turcios
Ricky Turcios picked up a bantamweight win at The Return of The Ultimate Fighter last fall but then lost a unanimous decision to Aiemann Zahabi in his return from TUF a few months ago.
Turcios has a professional record of 11-3-0 and has never lost back-to-back fights in his career, and he hopes to maintain that record in this fight.
Final Betting Analysis: Kevin Natividad vs. Ricky Turcios
Turcios has been involved in several competitive back-and-forth challenges on TUF 29. Natividad is an enthusiastic dance partner, but we’ll see if he’s ready to jump in the middle of the dance floor.
That said, our pick for this bout is a win for Ricky Turcios.
UFC Fight Night: Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Maria Oliveira
Why Bet on Demopoulos
After a rocky start in the octagon, Demopoulos has found stability and is riding a two-fight win streak. In her last fight, she defeated Jinh Yu Frey by a split decision at UFC on ESPN 38. “Lil Monster” is known for her strong grappling, with 4 wins by way of finish.
Why Bet on Oliveira
Oliveira also fell in her first appearance inside the UFC octagon, though it was not at weight, as she lost by decision in a showdown with Tabatha Ricci, “Baby Shark” last October.
Oliveira will look to start her first winning streak in the octagon after she earned her first official victory by defeating Gloria de Paula by split decision at UFC on ESPN 37.
Final Betting Analysis: Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Maria Oliveira
This fight is fundamental for both fighters in the face of the new year 2023, since, a few days ago there was a change in the hierarchical order in the division that makes this fight very important.
For this fight, our winner’s chip goes to Maria Oliveira.
UFC Fight Night: Brady Hiestand vs. Fernie García
Why Bet on Hiestand
Hiestand lost a split decision to Turcios last August in the finale of the Season 29 bantamweight competition, but, thanks to his excellent performance he showed solid promise in the UFC.
The 23-year-old Sikjitsu representative is well qualified in this category, trained in quality equipment, and possesses a combination of quality basic skills, courage, and perseverance, fighting at the highest level.
Why Bet on García
Garcia will be looking to earn his first official victory in the UFC octagon. After winning his Contender Series contract, he lost his official debut by unanimous decision to Journey Nelson at UFC 274, ending a hot streak of five straight wins.
Like Hiestand, Garcia is coming off a great training camp with solid fundamentals, and we’re sure he’s eager to get back on the winning track this weekend.
Final Betting Analysis: Brady Hiestand vs. Fernie García
This fight could turn into a true “Grappler vs. Striker” bout, that’s if Hiestand is up for the fight, but either way, it’s expected to be very competitive from start to finish.
Likewise, our pick for this fight is a Brady Hiestand win.
UFC Fight Night: Natália Silva vs. Tereza Bleda
Why Bet on Silva
In June, Silva stepped into the UFC octagon for the first time in 18 months and crushed Jasmine Jasudavicius, who is coming off of graduating from DWCS, and came away with a big unanimous decision win.
Silva, 25, now has a record of 13-5-1 but comes into this fight on an excellent streak of 7 straight wins since losing to Marina Rodriguez.
The Brazilian has great movement and her strength is mental toughness. Her big advantage in this match will be her experience.
Why Bet on Bleda
The talented fighter Tereza Bledá will live this weekend her dream debut among the world’s elite. At the UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 19, she will be tested by a complex Brazilian opponent, Natalia Silva.
Tereza Bledá is among the best MMA fighters on the planet with a record of 6 wins in 6 fights. The octagon flyweight champion fought for a direct spot in the UFC in early September.
Just 20 years old, but already 6-0 as a pro, Bleda dominated Nayara Maia inside the UFC APEX in early September on Dana White’s Contender Series, and debuts here despite not having landed a contract that night.
Final Betting Analysis: Natália Silva vs. Tereza Bleda
Both fighters are decorated with great tenacity and fighting hearts, which are the main prerequisites for a three-round battle. In addition, it will be the bout that kicks off the event, so nerves could play a trick on Bleda.
No one should be surprised if these two meet for the second time as ranked contenders in a few years.
That said, our pick for this big fight is a win for Natalia Silva.
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