UFC London 2022 predictions: How will Tom Aspinall and Paddy The Baddy’s fights play out this weekend?

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Saturday night time will mark the UFC’s 2d go back and forth to London in simply 4 months, with March’s scintillating version of the development forcing blended martial arts’ flagship promotion right into a speedy go back.

Tom Aspinall, Paddy Pimblett and a bunch of British warring parties secured commentary wins at UFC London in March, sending the O2 Area into raptures on a night that broke Struggle Evening and O2 Area data.

Aspinall’s first-round submission of Alexander Volkov that night time has earned him every other main-event spot this Saturday, with Curtis Blaydes set to face around the Octagon from the British heavyweight in what generally is a conflict to crown a Number one contender.

Pimblett, in the meantime, used to be arguably the celebrity on the O2 Area in March, right through the primary version of UFC London since 2019. The Liverpudlian light-weight will tackle Jordan Leavitt right here as he seems to be to additional construct his profile.

Right here’s all you wish to have to learn about a stacked card.

When is it?

UFC London takes position on Saturday 23 July on the O2 Area.

The prelims will start at 5pm BST, with the primary card following at 8pm. Ring walks for the primary occasion are anticipated to happen at roughly 10pm.

How can I watch it?

Paddy Pimblett despatched the O2 Area into raptures in March

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The cardboard will air continue to exist BT Game in the United Kingdom, with the broadcaster’s app and site additionally streaming the fights.

In america, ESPN+ will move the motion reside, as will the UFC’s Struggle Go.

Odds

Aspinall – 4/6; Blaydes – 11/10

Pimblett – 4/11; Leavitt – 15/8

Complete odds right here, by means of Betfair.

Predictions

Aspinall is going through his hardest check but, however his trajectory and performances up to now means that he’ll be capable to utilise his eclectic skillset to be able previous Blaydes. All 3 of Blaydes’ skilled losses have come by means of knockout, despite the fact that all have been towards heavier hitters than Aspinall (Derrick Lewis as soon as and Francis Ngannou two times). The American has a grappling merit, so be expecting Aspinall to stay the combat status and don’t be shocked if he outpoints Blaydes; if the Briton is to prevent the vacationer, it is going to most likely be via voluminous moves reasonably than a one-punch KO.

Pimblett is in a similar fashion taking up his most threatening opponent up to now, and the Liverpudlian has been in being worried positions in either one of his UFC outings – specifically when he used to be dropped in his most up-to-date combat. As such, “Paddy The Baddy”’s declare of “Scousers don’t get knocked out” feels find it irresistible would possibly at some point come again to hang-out him, however Leavitt has accomplished maximum of his wins by means of submission. Subsequently, it's within the grappling exchanges that the American will be offering the best risk right here. If Pimblett could make the bout a hanging affair, he would possibly neatly document a scrappy knockout as he did in his UFC debut. That mentioned, he too has a vital collection of submission wins, so sticking to hanging could be a tactic influenced by means of his merit in that realm – now not as a result of any drawback in grappling.

Complete card

UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes

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Curtis Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall (heavyweight)

Jack Hermansson vs Chris Curtis (middleweight)

Paddy Pimblett vs Jordan Leavitt (light-weight)

Nikita Krylov vs Alexander Gustafsson (mild heavyweight)

Molly McCann vs Hannah Goldy (ladies’s flyweight)

Paul Craig vs Volkan Oezdemir (mild heavyweight)

Prelims

L’udovit Klein vs Mason Jones (light-weight)

Marc Diakiese vs Damir Hadzovic (light-weight)

Nathaniel Picket vs Charles Rosa (bantamweight)

Makwan Amirkhani vs Jonathan Pearce (featherweight)

Muhammad Mokaev vs Charles Johnson (flyweight)

Jai Herbert vs Kyle Nelson (light-weight)

Mandy Bohm vs Victoria Leonardo (ladies’s flyweight)

Claudio Silva vs Nicolas Dalby (welterweight)