Dan Hardy believes Derrick Lewis will make Serghei Spivac very uncomfortable in their upcoming heavyweight fight. Lewis and Spivac are set to square off in the main event of UFC Vegas 68 this Saturday at the promotion's Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lewis is coming off a two-fight losing streak, while Spivac is looking to pick up his third win on the bounce. They occupy the No.7 and No.12 spots in the rankings respectively, with Spivac looking to break into the heavyweight top 10 with a win.
Dan Hardy, a former UFC welterweight who is currently an MMA analyst, believes Lewis will dominate Serghei Spivac in their upcoming heavyweight bout. In the most recent episode of his YouTube program The War Room, Hardy previewed this Saturday's main event clash.
Lewis is known for his knockout power, while Spivac largely relies on getting takedowns to secure finishes. Hardy believes that if Lewis manages to stop the early takedown attempts from his Moldovan counterpart, his chances of coming out on top improve tenfold.
Adding that Spivac has a "panic setting" that Lewis can capitalize on, Hardy said:
"There is a panic setting in for Spivac and this is something, that... I think is Derrick Lewis is aware of this. If he's able to stop those first couple of takedowns immediately he take take control of fight, because Spivac's gonna look very uncomfortable. He's not going to feel like he's got that safety net. I can take this fight to the floor."
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Derrick Lewis is looking to break his losing skid
Derrick Lewis compiled a four-fight win streak between 2019 and 2021 to work his way into the top tier of the heavyweight division and earn a shot at gold. Unfortunately for 'The Black Beast', he came up short against Ciryl Gane for the interim title and has since struggled for consistency.
Lewis won his next bout against Chris Daukaus, but succumbed to back-to-back defeats to Tai Tuivasa and Sergei Pavlovich last year. At UFC Vegas 68 this Saturday, he will look to pick up his first win since 2021 when he locks horns with Serghei Spivac in the Fight Night headliner.
Notably, across his 37-fight professional career, Lewis has never lost three fights in a row.