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What time does UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis main card start?

We break down when the main card of UFC’s February 20th Fight Night event gets underway. It is headlined by a heavyweight contenders bout.

UFC Fight Night returns Saturday evening, live from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are 14 fights scheduled for February 20th, with six on the main card and eight on the preliminary card. All fights will be broadcast on ESPN+.

The prelims start at 5 p.m. ET and the main card is set to start at approximately 8 p.m. The featured bout of the evening pits No. 2 heavyweight Curtis Blaydes against No. 4 heavyweight Derrick Lewis. This fight was originally scheduled for last November, but Blaydes tested positive for COVID-19 the day before the bout and it had to be scrapped.

Both heavyweights enter on winning streaks. Blaydes has won four straight, with his most recent a unanimous decision victory over Alexander Volkov at UFC on ESPN 11 last June. Lewis has won three straight, with his most recent a TKO on punches in the second round against Alexey Oleynik at UFC Fight Night 174 last August.

Blaydes is a sizable favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He’s installed at -435 while Lewis is +320. It is the largest betting line of the evening. The two men will likely make their way to the octagon sometime in the 11 p.m. hour.

Main card, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+:

Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis (heavyweight)
Ketlen Vieira vs. Yana Kunitskaya (women’s bantamweight)
Charles Rosa vs. Darrick Minner (featherweight)
Alexey Oleynik vs. Chris Daukaus (heavyweight)
Phil Hawes vs. Nassourdine Imavov (middleweight)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Tom Aspinall (heavyweight)

Preliminary card, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN+:

Jared Gordon vs. Danny Chavez (featherweight)
Drakkar Klose vs. Luis Pena (lightweight)
Eddie Wineland vs. John Castaneda (bantamweight)
Nate Landwehr vs. Julian Erosa (featherweight)
Shana Dobson vs. Casey O’Neill (women’s flyweight)
Chas Skelly vs. Jamall Emmers (featherweight)
Aiemann Zahabi vs. Drako Rodriguez (bantamweight)
Sergey Spivak vs. Jared Vanderaa (heavyweight)