Blaydes Enters London As First-Time Underdog
This is uncharted water for Curtis “Razor” Blaydes, as he enters Saturday as an underdog for the first time in his career The massive heavyweight has only lost to two men in the UFC, Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis. Coincidentally, they’re also the hardest punchers out there. Now Blaydes gets a role reversal while looking to spoil red-hot Tom Aspinall and the UFC odds.
Blaydes Is Rounding Out His Game
You can’t underestimate a fighter like Curtis Blaydes. The infamy of that Lewis knockout may overshadow everything he has done, but Blaydes remains a no-nonsense wrestler who can dominate any man in that area. He is landing over six takedowns per 15 minutes at a 53 percent clip.
This is a man that set a UFC record by landing 14 takedowns against Alexander Volkov a couple of years ago. He’s also landed at least four takedowns in eight different fights. Maybe Blaydes is not the best at keeping his opponents grounded, but his aptitude and strength allow him to keep taking them down, however.
Blaydes’ striking game is also underrated. He knocked out Chris Daukaus on their feet, then was holding his own against Lewis until he got caught going for a takedown. He has a fraction of Aspinall’s hype, That only means he’s at sharper odds when betting online.
Aspinall Ready To Embrace The Pressure
Everyone outside of the Blaydes camp wants Tom Aspinall to win. He’s the great British hope, and the UFC would surely want him to fight for the title as he is a star in the making. That’s a lot of pressure for the 29-year-old out of Liverpool. Aspinall has used this pressure to propel himself forward.
Having finished every single one of his fights, the Liverpudlian made Volkov look like an amateur in his last fight (first in England under UFC). He will likely get the next title shot if he does the same to Blaydes.
Against Blaydes, Aspinall faces a wrestler who is dominant. Aspinall’s done Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since childhood, so it’s second nature. If not that, than it’s his agility as a fighter. At 6’5” and over 250 lbs., Aspinall moves like a lightweight. If “speed kills,” then Aspinall is one of the deadliest around, hence why he’s regarded in many cases as the best UFC bet.
Blaydes vs Aspinall Head-to-Head
These are big boys, to say the least. Blaydes is 6’4” with an 80-inch reach, weighs close to the limit of 265 lbs, while Aspinall is 6’5” with a 78-inch reach.
Blaydes vs Aspinall Fight Information
- Fight: Blaydes (16-3-0) vs Aspinall (12-2-0)
- Location: 02 Arena, London, England
- Day/Time: Friday, July 23, 2:00 p.m. ET
- Blaydes vs Aspinall Live stream: UFC Fight Pass
Blaydes vs Aspinall Betting Lines
Blaydes vs Aspinall Prediction
We are tempted to bet it all on Aspinall, given little reason to doubt him as he seems two steps ahead of the competition. He’s not fought a prolific wrestler like Blaydes. The American is also durable, as the only fighters who’ve finished him have knocked out everyone they’ve fought.
Thus, the key for Blaydes is be to survive Aspinall in the early rounds here, putting Aspinall on the defensive via his wrestling. Aspinall’s never been taken down, either, but that’s in large part because he’s not fought a guy like Blaydes. If the fight stays on its feet, Blaydes is versed to prevail. Take him as the underdog.