Derrick Lewis vs Junior dos Santos Betting and Odds Preview – March 9 2019

Derrick Lewis

The Derrick Lewis vs Junior dos Santos fight is the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 4 scheduled to take place on Saturday 9 March. The event will be held at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas and will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

The main card for this event is a great advertisement of the quality on offer at UFC and some of the bouts there are certainly mouth-watering. However, the headline fight of the event between Lewis and dos Santos, a matchup of two top 10 heavyweights is definitely the duel to get excited about.

Lewis (21-6, 1 NC) lost to Daniel Cormack in the quickly organized title challenge after a submission in the second round and now will certainly look for a different outcome in this bout. The Black Beast, as he is affectionately known, was on a 9-1 winning run before that unfortunate loss and will try to kick start that momentum once again.

Dos Santos (20-5) is currently in a league of his own and is destroying opponents for fun. He won in three of the last four events he was part of and his list of casualties is quite illustrious. He has a 14-4 UFC record and for many people is the clear favourite for this UFC fight.

Bookmakers seem to agree with this sentiment and they have also given more favourable UFC betting odds to the Brazilian MMA legend. Derrick Lewis’ chances are not discarded however, and he is given fairly decent odds by many bookmakers. Let’s look at what four top betting operators have to offer regarding this fight.


Fun88’s welcome bonus of £28 is one of the main reasons why you should take your Lewis vs dos Santos bet to Fun88 if you think that Lewis will be the one that will triumph.

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Junior dos Santos

Fun88 has a new client offer which says that if your first bet with them is £20 or more at odds 3/5 or higher, you will qualify for that extra £28. However, this also means that you should back the underdog in this fight, Derrick Lewis, as his odds of 9/5 are the only ones that qualify for this welcome offer.

Fun88’s favourite in this fight is Junior dos Santos and unfortunately his odds of 10/27 just don’t qualify you for Fun88’s new client offer. However, what they do is give you a great chance to make a good profit if you back the Brazilian with a substantial deposit.

His list of casualties includes the likes of Ben Rothwell, Blagoy Ivanov, and Tai Tuivasa and that’s only in the last four matches. He has shown in the past in his UFC and Pride FC matches that he is absolutely unbeatable when on top of his game and recently he has looked just as imperious.


Bet365 is a one of the top sports betting operators for a reason. The established bookmaker offers lots of betting options on UFC bouts and all fights of the main card as well as the Derrick Lewis vs Junior dos Santos fight are part of their offer.

Another reason why you might decide to bet on the Lewis vs dos Santos fight is Bet365’s enticing welcome bonus of up to £100 on all initial deposits. Combining that £100 with the odds on offer for either one of these two fighters can significantly improve your financial standing.

When it comes to the fight itself, Junior dos Santos is Bet365’s favourite. Betting on him would require depositing a more money and then leaving it to the Brazilian to take care of business.

Derrick Lewis comes with significantly higher odds and ones which can actually double your deposit. Those odds are considered as an absolute steal by many especially as, in his last 11 matches Derrick Lewis won seven of his matches by means of KO or TKO.


betwayIf you are looking for a place where you can bet on one of these two fighters and then cash out before the fights ends, Betway should be your preferred choice. This goes double if you planned on backing Lewis.

If Derrick starts the fight strongly, but you fear that his performance might drop as the fight gets more difficult, you can use the cash out option and probably get some very good odds. This might not be a very likely possibility considering that Lewis always keeps his fury for the final minutes of the fight, but in UFC and betting you never really know. Especially with a fighter such as dos Santos, who will most definitely count on Lewis’ fatigue to win the bout.

Backing Lewis is also much more lucrative. Betway assigns him odds of 2/1, while Junior dos Santos is given much shorter odds of 2/5. However, those odds of 2/5 are there for a reason. In the past dos Santos dispatched fighters such as Mirko Cro Cop, Stipe Miocic, Fabricio Werdum, Cain Velasquez, Frank Mir, and Shane Carwin with ease. He might easily do that once again, but this time to Derrick Lewis.

Royal Panda

royal pandaThis Maltese based betting operator started offering gambling services more than 10 years ago, but only opted for the online casino business. However, more recently, they have also started offering sports betting and it must be said that they are doing a pretty good job.

To make up for being new in the sports betting industry, Royal Panda offer their clients the chance to make use of their 100% up to £20 on all first time deposits. Since this is not the highest welcome bonus in the industry, they also offer a quality loyalty program. And starting off that loyalty program with a bet on dos Santos is a great way to get off to a winning start.

If we are honest, Junior dos Santos is a better fighter than Lewis (odds of 187/100), who is more of a one punch fighter due to his heavy hits. Dos Santos on the other hand, can take the match deep into stoppage and then tire Lewis down, which would result in the Brazilian probably winning by decision. If you think that this will be the outcome, Royal Panda can give you odds of 4/11 on dos Santos.