Can Derrick Lewis pull off the improbable and beat the #1 pound-for-pound UFC fighter in the world at UFC 230? Initial betting lines have The Black Beast as a massive underdog.
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. We do not recommend betting on Derrick Lewis to beat Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 unless you’re a super fan like us but expect to lose.
Betting sites agree. For example, Bovada set their initial odds for Daniel Cormier as a -800 favorite and The Black Beast as a +500 underdog. This means that if you bet $100 on Cormier and he wins, you only win $12.50 plus your $100 back.
However, if Lewis pulls off the win, you’d win $500 on a $100 bet. Personally, we think the odds will shift to an even larger payout for a potential Lewis win.
The Biggest UFC Upset of 2018, So Far
In any case, a Lewis upset would be the upset of the year for UFC purposes and betting purposes. So far, Paul Craig defeating Magomed Ankalaev back in March was the biggest upset of 2018 from a betting perspective.
Please do yourself a favor and watch how Paul Craig won in the last second of the last round:
While betting sites opened as an aggregate +148, according to OddsShark, closing odds had Paul Craig between a +400 to +600 underdog.
As of Monday, October 8th, Daniel Cormier is the #1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Derrick Lewis isn’t even in the top 15.
In reality, this fight serves as nothing more than a Cormier tune-up for a megafight vs. Jon Jones or Brock Lesnar in 2019. We can’t imagine The Black Beast getting in enough recovery and conditioning to last a whole fight with Cormier in just a month.
Seriously, watch his post-match conference with Joe Rogan from UFC 229 again and catch his quote starting at 1:08.
Speaking of…I've watched this interview at least 77 times and it gets funnier every time 😂😂😂 Derrick Lewis is an absolute legend https://t.co/VwvRtpIyqn
— Same Ol' G (@MRGDII) October 8, 2018
Fuck what you talking about right now, I ain’t trying to fight for no title right now, not with no gas tank like that.
With all of this, it’s no wonder Lewis is viewed as a massive underdog.
Whatever, we don’t care. Derrick Lewis is #1 in our hearts. We’ll always bet on him. We hope he uses his 6.5″ reach advantage to land a one hitta quitta.
Until UFC 230, check out this hilarious promo video The Black Beast posted on his Instagram.