UFC 271: Adesanya vs Whittaker 2 will take place this weekend at the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas. Consequently, this PPV features a mouthwatering heavyweight clash between Derrick Lewis and Tai Tuivasa in the co-main event that is sure to excite the viewers. So let us preview this big co-main event bout and try to predict the result.
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The swashbuckling Derrick Lewis had his fair share of up’s and down’s in 2021. Because he first defeated Curtis Blaydes via KO/TKO in February , then he went on to suffer a horrific loss against Ciryl Gane for the interim heavyweight title at UFC 265.
However, The Black Beast bounced back with a brilliant first round KO/TKO win over Chris Daukaus in the last PPV of 2021.Now he’ll step inside the octagon in front of his hometown fans to face heavyweight contender Tai Tuivasa at UFC 271.
Speaking about Tuivasa, The Australian heavyweight has caught the attention of the fans with his incredible fighting style and his popular post-fight shoey celebrations.
It is needless to say that fans are expecting a violent battle between these two heavyweights as they have an incredible knockout record in the UFC. Before moving to the break down and prediction, let us compare the stats of Lewis and Tuivasa.
UFC 271: Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa Stats
|Stats||Derrick Lewis||Tai Tuivasa|
|Height||6 ft 3 in||6 ft 2 in|
|Reach||79 in||75 in|
|Age||37 years old||28 years old|
UFC 271: Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa Fight Breakdown and Prediction
Tai Tuivasa has a great opportunity for grabs as a win over number three ranked heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis at UFC 271 would help him get one step closer to a title shot. As we lead up to this fight, the Australian fighter is on a terrific four-fight winning streak where he has finished all four of his opponents.
On the other hand, Derrick Lewis’s recent win over Chris Daukaus makes him the fighter with the most knockouts in UFC. Therefore fans can expect one of these heavyweights to fall flat on their faces in this co-main event bout as both fighters have the ability to put their opponents to sleep with a single strike.
However, things could change and The Black Beast could use a wrestling heavy approach in this fight considering Bam Bam has faced some troubles in the past defending takedowns. As mentioned earlier, both these heavyweights can swing the tide of this fight within seconds and experience would play a major role in this bout.
With that being said, Lewis would likely start slow in the first few minutes and then use his reach advantage and counter attack. Whereas, Tai would try to hinder Derrick’s movement by attacking his legs.
If the fight goes to the distance then the Australian born heavyweight will likely out strike Lewis. But one can expect The Black Beast to go all out and find a finish at UFC 271.
UFC 271: Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa Fight Prediction – Derrick Lewis wins via KO/TKO