The UFC returns to London and the O2 Arena on Saturday, with the main attraction pairing heavyweight title contenders Tom Aspinall and Curtis Blaydes.
There isn’t much between the fighters as per the pre-fight odds, but Aspinall does carry a slight edge over Blaydes.
Will the Englishman celebrate a win on home soil on Saturday? Or will the American upset the crowd–and the odds–with his third straight win?
Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall Fight Information and Betting Odds
Blaydes vs. Aspinall Fight Info
- Tom Aspinall is an English UFC fighter based in Manchester, and he will enjoy the backing of the capacity crowd at the opening bell.
- Curtis Blaydes is an American MMA fighter nicknamed “Razor” with a professional record detailing 16 wins against three defeats.
- These men bring a combined 20 knockouts into this contest, leading many fans to predict another easy night for the scoring judges.
- Venue & Location: O2 Arena (London, England)
- Start Time: Approximately 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (11:00 p.m. local time)
- How to Watch Blaydes vs. Aspinall: ESPN+ (subscription service)
Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall Betting Odds
Odds are from Caesars Sportsbook.
- Curtis Blaydes +120
- Tom Aspinall -140
Will the Fight Go the Distance?
- Yes +210
- No -280
Big-punching Aspinall to put on a show
Englishman Tom Aspinall is living the dream, and he prepares to fight in front of a UK audience at a major venue that will be packed to the rafters.
The hard-hitting former professional boxer is out to impress, knowing victory and an eye-catching performance will seriously boost his chances of moving up the rankings towards a crack at the UFC heavyweight crown.
The 29-year-old from Atherton, Greater Manchester, won his only pro boxing bout by an early knockout, and he carries that natural punch power into the octagon.
Aspinall is currently ranked number six in the world in his division, but heavyweight is one of the most competitive and dangerous categories in the promotion at present.
He brings a professional MMA record of 12 wins and two defeats, with nine of those victories coming by way of knockout and the other three by submission.
He has never been taken the scheduled distance and won’t want to start relying on the judgement of the scorers sat at cage side on the night, especially with so much at stake.
Curtis Blaydes is an American-born fighter out of Lakewood, Colorado, where he trains at the Elevation Fight Team, which he has done since 2016.
The 31-year-old is currently ranked number four in the world at heavyweight, so he sits in a decent position, but the wrong result here would knock him further down the pecking order.
Razor has a background in BJJ, which shows in his style. He is happy with his back to the mat and grappling or wrestling opponents.
Curtis has fought a total of 20 times in MMA, with his record ahead of this contest showing 16 wins against three defeats and one no contest.
The spare result on his card came in 2017 when he failed a drugs test for marijuana, causing his stoppage win over Adam Milstead in Houston, Texas, to be overturned by the UFC commissioners.
Blaydes cuts deep
Curtis knows his opponent has raw power and knockout ability, but he is no slouch when it comes to striking ability either.
If Aspinall comes to fight, marching forward and looking to get his powerful punches and kicks off, he could walk into a trap. Blaydes has the power to hurt anyone in this division, as shown by the 11 KOs on his record.
Blaydes is an all-action sort who comes to fight, which can either work in his favour or go against him as Curtis has been caught on the attack.
The KO king will bag another one in London
The Brit’s recent form makes him easy to trust in this bout, and with the weight of the crowd driving him on, we are confident about a home win for Aspinall. The longer this bout goes, the better it will be for his technically superior opponent, so Tom knows his best chance of success comes from getting his big shots off early.
His run of knockouts – scoring six in his last eight with the other two won by submission – makes a repeat performance the smart option if you intend to back Aspinall and would like better odds than the fight winner market offers.
Back Aspinall by KO/TKO, and you will have a live bet as long as he is in the contest, knowing a stoppage could come at any minute.
Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall Betting Tip: Aspinall to win by KO/TKO/DQ (+180 at Caesars Sportsbook)
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