ROUNDTABLE: Staff predictions for Derrick Lewis vs. Junior Dos Santos

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Dec 1, 2018; Adelaide, Australia; Junior Dos Santos (red gloves) before his fight against Tai Tuivasa (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Mandatory Credit: James Elsby-USA TODAY Sports

Who wins Saturday’s main event between Derrick Lewis and Junior Dos Santos?

Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner

Derrick Lewis isn’t my cup of tea. I don’t find him funny or entertaining really, he has power and that’s about it. He is not a great fighter. Junior Dos Santos has the tools to beat Lewis but he eats too many power shots to do it. I think Lewis is going to sneak in a big uppercut and finish JDS. I know I said I JDS would beat him but I just see Lewis getting lucky.

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I’m going with JDS. I think his experience will carry him a bit further. In terms of cardio, I wonder more about Lewis. I don’t know if he has the cardio to keep up with JDS. I think we get bursts of excitement in the fight, and there’s always a chance Lewis catches JDS with a big shot to end the fight, but I think JDS wins by solid decision. I don’t think it’ll be anything spectacular, though I hope to be wrong, I think JDS controls the striking and comes out ahead on the scorecards.

Gary Meigs, MMATorch Contributor

I think this could go very bad for Junior. Though there has been some time since these fights he has been TKO’d the last two times fighting heavy punchers. Junior has to keep this fight on the ground and tire out Derrick Lewis. Even then we’ve seen the one punch power Lewis has, remember Alexander Volkov.

Christian Moore, MMATorch Contributor

I don’t know. Could go either way. Either could get a KO at any point. Although, I think JDS probably wrestles, so I give it to JDS by 3rd round submission. We all know Lewis gasses after two rounds, while the experienced JDS has been there so many times prior, so I think Lewis has to win quick, or he’ll be dragged or tossed for five rounds.


Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

This is a tight matchup on paper for me. Lewis is inconsistent and injury prone, but when he’s on, he’s a killer. Dos Santos is a durable heavyweight with a much better gas tank than Lewis. Because I don’t see either guy getting knocked out here, I have to favor the fighter who can go the distance and that’s Dos Santos. If JDS does knock Lewis out, it will be late in the fight. Otherwise, it will be a workmanlike decision, similar to his fight with Blagoy Ivanov last year.


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