The Saturday Setup: UFC Vegas 68

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Opponents Derrick Lewis and Serghei Spivac of Moldova face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 03, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Getting you primed for Saturday’s Fight Night card at the UFC APEX, headlined by heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Serghei Spivac.

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After a weekend off, the UFC returns to action this evening at a unique time, bringing the card originally targeted for Seoul, South Korea to the APEX in Las Vegas, showcasing the Road to UFC tournament finals, and tacking on the postponed heavyweight clash between struggling veteran Derrick Lewis and ascending hopeful Serghei Spivac.

This is a quintessential “Spencer Card” — one of those low-profile, limited-experience joints that yours truly tends to love because I enjoy paying a great deal of attention to competitors in the early stages of their careers, just getting their feet wet in the UFC waters.

As such, I really enjoyed putting together all this content this week, and hope you check it out in order to get a better sense of who to pay attention to here, what’s at stake in some of these fights, and why to be excited about the action set to hit the Octagon.

It’s the start of an eight-week run of UFC events week-on-week, so buckle up and get ready for loads of table-setting content, collected for your easy-viewing enjoyment every Saturday.

Preview Show

Ian O’Neill leads the discussion around Saturday’s fight card, with E. Spencer Kyte and Harry Powell chiming in with their thoughts on the biggest fights of the weekend and the names that stand out to them most.

One Question for Every Fight

Want to know what stands out in each of Saturday’s fight to ESK? Check out One Question to find out what piques his interest in the main event, the opening flyweight pairing, and everything in between.

10 Things I Like

E. Spencer Kyte sets the table for Saturday’s return to the Octagon, detailing the elements about UFC Vegas 68 that pique his interest. From a pair of heavyweight battles and several exciting, emerging talents to the Fight Night debut of Laura Sanko on comms, there is plenty to like about this weekend’s offering from the UFC APEX.

Severe Picks & Plays

The boys are back with another round of fight selections and betting ideas for this weekend’s fight card, looking to cash some tickets and post some winners. While you’re going to have to check out the video for the plays, here are their picks:

ESK Picks (16-10-0, .615): Lewis, Jung, Tybura, D. Choi, Kinoshita, Saragih, J.Y. Lee, Nakamura, H.S. Park, Kim, J. Park, Taira

O’Neill Picks (14-12-0, .538): Lewis, Jung, Tybura, D. Choi, Kinoshita, Saragih, J.Y. Lee, Nakamura, H.S. Park, Bohm, J. Park, Taira

E. Spencer Kyte is a veteran MMA content creator based in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He's written for numerous outlets, including FOX Sports and The Province, British Columbia's leading newspaper, and has been a freelance contributor to the UFC website for more than a decade. Follow him on Twitter: @spencerkyte.

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