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UFC Fight Night 185 Blaydes vs Lewis


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Sun 21st February 2021 UTC
Sat 20th February 2021 Local

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01:00:00 UTC
20:00:00 Local

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UFC

Season
2021

Round
6


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UFC Fight Night 185: Blaydes vs. Lewis (also known as UFC Vegas 19) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on February 20, 2021 at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Background:
A heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and former UFC Heavyweight Championship challenger Derrick Lewis is expected to headline this event. They were initially scheduled to serve as the headliner for UFC on ESPN: Smith vs. Clark in November, but the contest was scrapped due to Blaydes testing positive for COVID-19.

A women's bantamweight bout between Ketlen Vieira and former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion and UFC Women's Featherweight Championship challenger Yana Kunitskaya is expected to take place at this event. They were initially scheduled to meet at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan in August 2020, but then moved to UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik a week later. In turn, Vieira had to pull out due to visa issues.

A heavyweight bout between Sergey Spivak and Jared Vanderaa was initially scheduled to take place at UFC 256, but Vanderaa tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw from the event. The pairing was then rescheduled for this event.

A bantamweight bout between Aiemann Zahabi and Drako Rodriguez is expected to take place at the event. The pairing was previously scheduled to take place in December of 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal, but it was scrapped in the days leading up to that event after Zahabi tested positive for COVID-19.

A middleweight bout between Phil Hawes and Nassourdine Imavov originally expected to take place at UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar, but was scrapped due to undisclosed reasons just a few hours before the event. They are now expected to meet at this event.

A featherweight bout between Michael Trizano and Rafael Alves was scheduled for the event. However on February 9, news surfaced that Trizano was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an ankle injury. Alves is now expected to face promotional newcomer Pat Sabatini.

Jai Hebert was expected to face Drakkar Klose in a lightweight bout at this event. However, Hebert pulled out in the weeks leading up to the event and was replaced by Luis Peña.

Main Card:
Heavyweight / Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis
Women's Bantamweight / Ketlen Vieira vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Featherweight / Charles Rosa vs. Darrick Minner
Heavyweight / Aleksei Oleinik vs. Chris Daukaus
Heavyweight / Andrei Arlovski vs. Tom Aspinall

Preliminary Card:
Middleweight / Phil Hawes vs. Nassourdine Imavov
Featherweight / Danny Chavez vs. Jared Gordon
Lightweight / Drakkar Klose vs. Luis Peña
Bantamweight / Eddie Wineland vs. John Castañeda
Featherweight / Julian Erosa vs. Nate Landwehr
Featherweight / Chas Skelly vs. Jamall Emmers
Bantamweight / Aiemann Zahabi vs. Drako Rodriguez
Heavyweight / Sergey Spivak vs. Jared Vanderaa


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