UFC Fight Night 185 predictions: Curtis Blaydes or Derrick Lewis in heavyweight clash?

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Matt Erickson
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Blaydes
vs.
Lewis

Kunitskaya
vs.
Vieira

Minner
vs.
Rosa

Daukaus
vs.
Oleinik

Hawes
vs.
Imavov

Arlovski
vs.
Aspinall

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 12-11

blaydes2021


Blaydes
(58%)

vieira2021


Vieira
(66%)

rosa2021


Rosa
(78%)

oleinik2021


Oleinik
(66%)

hawes2021


Hawes
(76%)

aspinall2021


Aspinall
(56%)

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 15-8

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2017 Champion

lewis2021


Lewis

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

oleinik2021


Oleinik

imavov2021


Imavov

arlovski2021


Arlovski

John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohn
2021: 15-8

blaydes2021


Blaydes

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

daukaus2021


Daukaus

imavov2021


Imavov

arlovski2021


Arlovski

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 15-8

lewis2021


Lewis

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

oleinik2021


Oleinik

hawes2021


Hawes

arlovski2021


Arlovski

Dan Tom
@DanTomMMA
2021: 14-9

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2020 Champion

lewis2021


Lewis

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

daukaus2021


Daukaus

hawes2021


Hawes

aspinall2021


Aspinall

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 14-9

lewis2021


Lewis

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

daukaus2021


Daukaus

hawes2021


Hawes

aspinall2021


Aspinall

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 14-9

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2014 Champion

blaydes2021


Blaydes

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

oleinik2021


Oleinik

imavov2021


Imavov

aspinall2021


Aspinall

Simon Head
@simonhead
2021: 12-11

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2019 Champion*

blaydes2021


Blaydes

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

daukaus2021


Daukaus

hawes2021


Hawes

aspinall2021


Aspinall

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 12-11

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2018 Champion

lewis2021


Lewis

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

daukaus2021


Daukaus

hawes2021


Hawes

aspinall2021


Aspinall

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 11-12

lewis2021


Lewis

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

daukaus2021


Daukaus

hawes2021


Hawes

aspinall2021


Aspinall

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 11-12

blaydes2021


Blaydes

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

daukaus2021


Daukaus

hawes2021


Hawes

aspinall2021


Aspinall

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 11-12

blaydes2021


Blaydes

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

oleinik2021


Oleinik

hawes2021


Hawes

aspinall2021


Aspinall

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 11-12

blaydes2021


Blaydes

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

daukaus2021


Daukaus

hawes2021


Hawes

aspinall2021


Aspinall

Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 10-13

blaydes2021


Blaydes

vieira2021


Vieira

rosa2021


Rosa

daukaus2021


Daukaus

imavov2021


Imavov

arlovski2021


Arlovski

The UFC stays in its home base this week with a key heavyweight bout atop the bill.

UFC Fight Night 185 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

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In the main event, Curtis Blaydes (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) takes on former heavyweight title challenger Derrick Lewis (24-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC). The winner is expected to stay in the hunt for a title shot. Blaydes is the biggest favorite on the entire card at -450 at BetMGM, but he’s only got a narrow 7-6 picks lead from our 13 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, Yana Kunitskaya (13-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) takes on Ketlen Vieira (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in a key women’s bantamweight fight. Vieira is a -275 favorite at the betting window, and she’s one of two unanimous picks on our main card at 13-0.

The other unanimous pick is Charles Rosa (13-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in his featherweight bout against Darrick Minner (25-11 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Rosa only is a mild favorite at -190, but he’s got unanimous love from our staff members.

Chris Daukaus (10-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is a 2-1 favorite in his heavyweight bout against Aleksei Oleinik (59-14-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC), and he’s got a decent lead in the picks at 9-4.

The closest fight on the main card from an odds perspective is between Phil Hawes (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Nassourdine Imavov (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at middleweight. Hawes is just a slight favorite at -125, but he’s got a sizable picks lead at 9-4.

And to open the main card, former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (30-19 MMA, 19-13 UFC) meets Tom Aspinall (9-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC). Aspinall is a -250 favorite and has a 9-4 lead in the picks.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Blaydes (58 percent), Vieira (66 percent), Rosa (78 percent), Oleinik (66 percent), Hawes (76 percent) and Aspinall (56 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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