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Heavyweight leviathans clash at UFC Apex

FEATURED FIGHTS: OMARI AKHMEDOV vs. CHRIS WEIDMAN AND BENEIL DARIUSH vs. SCOTT HOLTZMAN

Lewis vs Oleinik

August 8th at the UFC APEX is headlined by a battle of heavyweight bruisers with top ten fighters Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik squaring off. The co-main event features rising middleweight contender Omari Akhmedov aiming to take out his first former UFC titlist when he fights Chris Weidman.

The event is closed to the public and is produced with only essential personnel in attendance. This effort is pursuant to a Health, Safety and Operations plan which was approved by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN: LEWIS vs. OLEINIK goes Saturday, August 8 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. All fights are set to broadcast on ESPN+ in both English and Spanish. The main card kicks off at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Saturday, August 8. The prelims kick off beginning 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.

Former title challenger, Lewis (23-7 1NC) is among the most exciting KO artists in the heavyweight division. He has delivered impressive KO finishes against Alexander Volkov, Marcin Tybura, and Travis Browne. Lewis also has a decision win over current top contender Francis Ngannou. Lewis now looks to earn his third straight victory and re-assert himself as a threat to the championship.

Conversely, Oleinik (59-13-1) is regarded as one of the more prolific heavyweight submission artists. His trademark Ezekiel choke submission has served him well over nearly 25 years competing in MMA. He has earned meaningful wins over Fabricio Werdum, Mark Hunt, and Mirko Cro Cop. Oleinik looks to add another top heavyweight to his resume and break into the UFC heavyweight top five for the first time in his vaunted career.

Unbeaten since returning to 185 lbs in 2017, Akhmedov (20-4-1) goes for his most important victory yet. Akhmedov has secured hard-fought wins over Ian Heinisch, Zak Cummings, and Tim Boetsch. Akhmedov has his sights set on taking out his first former UFC champion.

A former UFC middleweight champ, Weidman (14-5) returns to the 185-pound division ready to regain his place at the top. Weidman dethroned the legendary Anderson Silva for the middleweight belt in 2013. During his reign, he impressively defended his crown against Silva, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort. Weidman now looks to re-enter the middleweight picture with an emphatic win over a rising prospect.

Additional fights for the event include:

Maki Pitolo (12-5) takes on Darren Stewart (11-4 1 NC) in a tantalizing middleweight bout

No. 8 ranked women’s bantamweight contender/ former women’s featherweight title challenger Yana Kunitskaya (12-5 1NC) takes on promotional debutant Julija Stoliarenko (9-3-1)

No. 14 ranked lightweight Beneil Dariush (18-4-1) tests skills against Scott Holtzman (14-3)

Tim Means (29-12-1 1NC) makes his 22nd UFC appearance as he battles it out with Laureano Staropoli (9-2)

Nasrat Haqparast (11-3) looks to re-enter the win column when he faces undefeated Alex Munoz (6-0)

Andrew Sanchez (12-5, ) will sling leather with Wellington Turman (16-3)

Gavin Tucker (11-1) meets Justin Jaynes (16-4) in a featherweight fight that promises fireworks

Irwin Rivera (9-) hopes to earn his first UFC win when he gets locked in the cage with Ali Alqaisi (8-3)

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