UFC Fight Night London: Blaydes vs. Aspinall Recap

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Curtis Blaydes of the US prior to a fight during the UFC Fight Night in Beijing. Greg Baker/AFP

Over the weekend, we had a clash of two heavyweight contenders headline the card in what resulted in a series of unfortunate events – not Harry Potter, but a fight ending due to injury. 

There were many exciting moments throughout this entire card, but let’s highlight below the main event between Curtis Blaydes and Tom Aspinall

Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall

UFC Heavyweight Main Event Bout

Blaydes vs. Aspinall Odds Recap

Entering fight night, I was honestly quite shocked with how the UFC odds sat. Tom Aspinall was the -160 favorite and Curtis Blaydes the valuable +140 underdog at your top-rated sportsbooks

I chose to stay away from this fight because Tom Aspinall is a resilient heavyweight fighter and I am always hesitant to go against Blaydes. However, this fight had an outcome every fight fan did not want to see – a fight ending due to injury.

Blaydes vs. Aspinall Fight Recap

A Brutal Round 1

Aspinall began the round with a step-in right knee. Blaydes countered with two heavy right punches. Aspinall landed a piercing leg kick and he’s bouncing back! He’s on the ground now, and it looks as if he blew out his knee! 

You can see he is in a lot of pain. It looks brutal. Immediately, the doctor called off the fight. 

Curtis Blaydes defeated Tom Aspinall via T/KO (injury), Round 1, 00:15

UFC Fight Night London Final Comments 

It’s always frustrating watching a resilient fighter lose due to injury. And since Aspinall is so resilient, once he is healed and 100%, they will run back this fight…hopefully. 

There were many great finishes on this UFC Fight Night London Main Card. One in particular that deserves a highlight is Paddy Pimblett and his second-round submission (rear-naked choke) over Jordan Leavitt

Paddy was all over Leavitt; hit counters were sharp, and he was able to drag him down to the ground when needed. Especially in the second round; Paddy was able to secure the back of Leavitt for a clean RNC. 

Paddy Pimblett also shared a very touching message in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping about men’s mental health and the stigma behind it

Check out below for the full card results. 

UFC Fight Night London: Blaydes vs. Aspinall Full Card Results

Main Card

  • (Main Event) Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall – Blaydes via T/KO R1, 00:15
  • (Co-Main Event) Jack Hermansson vs. Christ Curtis – Hermansson via Decision 
  • Paddy Pimblett vs. Jordan Leavitt – Pimblett via Submission R2, 2:46
  • Nikita Krylov vs. Alexander Gustafsson – Krylov via T/KO R1, 01:07
  • Molly McCann vs. Hannah Goldy – McCann via T/KO R1, 03:52
  • Paul Craig vs. Volkan Oezdemir – Oezdemir via Decision

Preliminary Card

  • Mason Jones vs. L’udovít Klein – Klein via Decision
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Damir Hadžović – Diakiese via Decision
  • Nathaniel Wood vs. Charles Roda – Wood via Decision
  • Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jonathan Pearce – Pearce via T/KO R2, 04:10
  • Muhammad Mokaev vs. Charles Johnson – Mokaev via Decision
  • Jai Herbert vs. Kyle Nelson – Herbert via Decision
  • Mando Böhm vs. Victoria Leonardo – Leonardo via DEcision
  • Cláudio Silva vs. Nicolas Dalby – Dalby via Decision

What’s Next on the UFC Schedule?

Up next on the UFC schedule, Amanda Nunes is getting another chance to avenge her UFC bantamweight title from the now defending champ, Juliana Peña, at UFC 277

In this rematch, you will find Amanda Nunes to be the juiced -285 favorite and Peña +245. Do you think there is value behind the current champ? 

See what our expert handicappers have to say weekly in our weekly UFC picks content. Best of luck!

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