UFC Fight Night London is one of the more intriguing cards of the year as local hero Tom Aspinall fights Curtis Blaydes in the heavyweight division.
Curtis Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall
Aspinall has the pressure of fighting in front of a home crowd, but we think the betting online favorite will handle the pressure.
The 12-2 fighter from Salford has looked excellent since arriving in the UFC, including scoring a submission win over Alexander Volkov in March.
He’s more nimble than many heavyweight fighters, which gives him a clear edge. However, he needs to avoid getting caught with a Blaydes right hand, which has ended the chances of many opponents.
“I have so much that I haven’t shown. People don’t know what to expect, nobody has got an idea. Not Curtis or anyone else in the heavyweight division – they don’t know what I bring to the table,” Aspinall told DAZN.
“I’ve shown 10 percent of my game because my octagon time is so short. No one has really seen what I can do, so no one knows, which is a massive advantage.”
Blaydes scored a knockout win over the promising Chris Daukaus early in the second round. He also knocked out Alistair Overeem at UFC 225, so he is a dangerous underdog at +115.
We’re going with Aspinall to win because he’s the more progressive fighter. He has a unique skill set and it could confuse Blaydes.
Pick: Tom Aspinall -145
Paddy Pimblett vs Jordan Leavitt
Paddy Pimblett is one of the most popular fighters in the UFC and that is evident in the sportsbook.
The enigmatic Englishman made headlines with his submission victory over Rodrigo Vargas and his knockout win over Luigi Vendramini. He also made headlines with his dramatic weight fluctuations, which adds to the intrigue.
He’s the -260 favorite to beat Jordan Leavitt and we’re searching for better value. We think Pimblett could end the fight early, which pays -120, and those odds are worth including in the parlay.
Leavitt is a good fighter on his day but Pimblett will have the crowd rocking and he typically lives up to the hype.
Pick: Paddy Pimblett by KO, TKO, or Submission -120
Nikita Krylov vs Alexander Gustafsson
Nikita Krylov and Alexander Gustafsson are desperate to get their careers back on track after some struggles.
Gustafsson, who fought Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title at UFC 232, hasn’t been the same since after going 0-2 in the last three years.
The Swede hasn’t fought since losing to Fabricio Werdum, which ended with a first-round submission. However, he’s fighting Krylov, who hasn’t won since 2020.
Krylov hasn’t looked overly impressive of late and we don’t think he represents a -210 favorite with UFC odds. We thought it would have been -110 apiece, so we’re picking Gustafsson to turn back time and get the win.
It’s never too late to resurrect your career and the Swedish hero should be added to UFC parlays.
Pick: Alexander Gustafsson +165
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Paul Craig vs Volkan Oezdemir
It’s hard not to be impressed with the recent form of Paul Craig and we thought he would be favored to win.
The Brit submitted Krylov in the first round in March and that followed a first-round knockout of Jamahal Hill at UFC 263, so we’re not sure what else he has to do.
He’s riding a five-fight win streak and Volkan Oezdemir comes off a loss to Magomed Ankalaev, so his confidence levels are low.
Getting +120 for Craig is an excellent price and he could kick off the parlay with a bang.