Following their highly successful event earlier this year, the UFC and their production team will travel to London, England, for a second Fight Night in London in 2022.
Top-ranked heavyweight contenders Curtis Blaydes and Britain’s own Tom Aspinall will meet in the center of the octagon for next weekend’s main event.
Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at Aspinall and Blaydes, including updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC betting picks, predictions, and analysis.
Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall
UFC Heavyweight Main Event Bout
Saturday, July 23, 2022 – 05:15 PM EDT at 02 Arena
Curtis “Razor” Blaydes Fighter Preview
- Record: 16-3-0
After generating a 44-0 undefeated record while wrestling in college, a future profession as a mixed martial artist was destiny for the man known as Curtis Blaydes.
Born and raised in Chicago, currently representing the Elevation Fight Team, Blaydes has been supplemented with the knowledge that’s assisted his rise through the UFC heavyweight rankings. Since 2016 he’s only lost to the two hardest punchers in the sport (Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis).
Blaydes has frequently relied on his collegiate wrestling background during his MMA career, but this shouldn't surprise anyone when you’re one of the most elite wrestlers in the heavyweight division.
The scary aspect of Blaydes’ career thus far is the fact that he’s just 31 years old, a very young age in the heavyweight division, and it could be argued he’s yet to reach his prime. With a current No.3 ranking next to his name, a victory over the undefeated fresh-faced Tom Aspinall, in hostile territory would undoubtedly propel Blaydes into a title-contending position.
Curtis Blaydes MMA Accomplishments
- UFC Performance of the Night (Three times)
- Most takedowns in a fight in UFC heavyweight division history (Fourteen)
- NJCAA All-American (Harper College, 2012)
Best Available Odds: Curtis Blaydes (+118) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Tom Aspinall Fighter Preview
- Record: 11-2-0
England’s very own Tom Aspinall is slowly but surely evolving into the fighting pride of the United Kingdom. It’s been a long wait for English fight fans to witness one of theirs enter the top-5 rankings, but Aspinall has achieved this accomplishment.
Fighting out of Team Kaobon in Liverpool, England, one of the most prosperous UFC heavyweight prospects has the chance to wow the crowds of his home country for the second time this year.
Keeping a Steady Pace
The intelligence of Aspinall shines through during his media interviews, as he’s repeated on numerous occasions that he’s taken his UFC career at a steady pace. A slow rise through the rankings has paid, as he’s now riding a 5-fight win streak.
However, the most elite level of competition will arrive in every Aspinall bout from here on out. It’ll be interesting to see if he can stop the world’s best inside the distance like he has with every other opponent.
Aspinall stems from a decorated mixed martial arts background, having scrambled on the gym mats since the tender age of 7. From boxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, to being the former training partner of boxing heavyweight icon Tyson Fury, experience in the fight game is something Aspinall isn’t in short supply of.
Tom Aspinall MMA Accomplishments
- UFC Performance of the Night (Four times)
Best Available Odds: Tom Aspinall (-138) at BetOnline
UFC London: Blaydes vs. Aspinall Breakdown and Analysis
Blaydes Fight Style: How Can Blaydes Defeat Aspinall?
There’s no need to pretend like we all don’t know what Curtis Blaydes's gameplan will be as he heads into London; Curtis Blaydes will do what he does best – wrestle.
The exciting factor is the stopping power of Aspinall, which could certainly be compared to that of Ngannou and Lewis. Not by sheer force, but the speed and precision of Aspinall’s striking offense will threaten Blaydes from the opening bell.
Blaydes will be hunting for a single or double-leg takedown all night long, as the American’s level change is almost guaranteed. Blaydes can ruin the hometown heroes' return to London, but he’ll 100% need to secure the takedowns and hold Aspinall in place for five rounds.
Aspinall Fight Style: How Can Aspinall Defeat Blaydes?
The perfect blueprint for defeating Blaydes isn’t a simple task. Still, Aspinall possesses the diverse skill set that can assist him on the ground if the fight reaches that point, especially with the speed advantage he owns versus almost every opponent.
Aspinall ultimately needs to find a way inside the range of Blaydes with lateral and unpredictable movement. Standing square in front of him is a bad move, as he’ll be hunting for the takedown.
In addition to closing space - the use of faints will assist Aspinall in finding his significant strikes. But more than anything, movement to evade the incoming shots from Blaydes will be crucial in dampening the spirit of the primary wrestler.
UFC London: Blaydes vs. Aspinall Betting Pick
The available UFC odds at the top-rated sportsbooks are slightly favoring the English bloke, and it’s difficult to challenge this stance when he’s been on such an impressive run.
This will, without a doubt, be the toughest test of Aspinall’s professional career. Still, there’s no doubting the Englishman if he can sprawl and then brawl Blaydes into unconsciousness – a potential outcome that I believe is entirely possible.
UFC Betting Pick: Aspinall To Win (-138) [1.38u returns 1u profit] at BetOnline
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