UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus Odds & Best Bets

Aug 7, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Derrick Lewis (red gloves) fights Ciryl Gane (blue gloves) during
Aug 7, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Derrick Lewis (red gloves) fights Ciryl Gane (blue gloves) during / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC is on ESPN+ this Saturday with a Heavyweight main event between Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus.

Lewis is going to look to get back on track after losing an interim Heavyweight title chance to Ciryl Gane, while Daukaus is looking to put a signature victory on his resume as he climbs up the division ladder.

Here are three best bets for Saturday's card, with odds courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.

Main Event: Derrick Lewis (+120) vs. Chris Daukaus (-140)

Both of these guys are heavy hitters but I don't understand why Lewis is the underdog as this presents a serious step up in class for Daukas.

He has not faced a fighter of Lewis' caliber, nor his power and I expect 'The Black Beast' will use his calculated approach to gas Daukaus out and finish him.

In four UFC victories, Daukaus is averaging just over three minutes of fight time. Lewis is also the biggest fighter he will have faced in the UFC, so this is a foreign environment for him. Ultimately, I can't pass up Lewis as an underdog.

If this fight gets out of the first round, I'll double down on Lewis live.

PICK: Lewis +120, Lewis LIVE after R1

Prop Bet: Stephen Thompson (-220) vs. Belal Muhammad (+175)

While Thompson came up short in his last fight against the grapple-heavy Gilbert Burns, he should have his opponent Balal Muhammad, who is more of a stand up fighter.

Thompson just closed as a considerable favorite against Burns, who is in title contention, while Muhammad is competing in the crowded middle of the Welterweight class. Thompson has the cardio to out-point Muhamad over the course of 15 minutes and I see him as a cut above his opponent.

I'm never interested in laying -220, but do think Thompson wins this one on the scorecards. At any + money price this is a play for me while keeping in my 'Wonderboy' hasn't had a knockout finish since 2016.

Dart Play: Justin Tafa (-320) vs. Harry Hunsucker (+245)

Harry Hunsucker isn't a world beater by any means, but it's impossible to lay the -320 price on Tafa, who is just 4-3 in his MMA career, including 1-3 in the UFC.

Hunsucker is 0-2 in his brief UFC stint, but has lost to the likes of Jared Vanderaa and Tai Tuivasa, who are both better than Tafa. As well, we have seen that he is a willing fighter and will come forward and hunt for a finish.

That brings me to my play here. I'll back Hunsucker as a big underdog and will also sprinkle on him to win in the first round when that becomes available at WynnBET.

With a heavyweight matchup I'm always looking to the underdog considering the finishing power is present with both fighters typically. All it takes is one shot with these sluggers and I'll take the huge payout with Hunsucker, who also has a two inch reach advantage.

PICK: Hunsucker +245, Hunsucker R1 KO