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UFC Fight Night London: Aspinall Takes on the Number-Four Ranked Curtis Blaydes

Written by: Ryan Bristlon
Updated October 14, 2022
12 min read
  • Top-10 heavyweights headline Saturday’s event
  • English favorites Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann return to action
  • Jack Hermansson receives a replacement opponent

UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Aspinall

Fighter DraftKings Odds
Curtis Blaydes +110
Tom Aspinall -130
Fighter Odds
Jack Hermansson -110
Chris Curtis -110
Fighter Odds
Paddy Pimblett -250
Jordan Leavitt +210
Fighter Odds
Nikita Krylov -190
Alexander Gustafsson +160
Fighter Odds
Molly McCann -380
Hannah Goldy +310
Fighter Odds
Paul Craig -165
Volkan Oezdemir +140

UFC Fight Night London: Blaydes vs Aspinall – Picks & Predictions

Curtis Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall – Heavyweight Division

Curtis Blaydes (+110)

Jack Hermansson vs Chris Curtis – Middleweight Division

Chris Curtis (-110)

Paddy Pimblett vs Jordan Leavitt – Lightweight Division

Paddy Pimblett (-250)

Nikita Krylov vs Alexander Gustafsson – Light Heavyweight Division

Nikita Krylov (-190)

Molly McCann vs Hannah Goldy – Women’s Flyweight Division

Molly McCann (-380)

Paul Craig vs Volkan Oezdemir – Light Heavyweight Division

Paul Craig (-165)

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Ufc Fight Night London

Curtis Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall – Heavyweight Division

Curtis Blaydes TALE OF THE TAPE Tom Aspinall
31 Age 29
6 ft. 4 in. Height 6 ft. 5 in.
80 in. Reach 78 in.
16-3, 1 no-contest Record 12-2

For the second time this year, England’s own Tom Aspinall main events the O2 arena in his home country.

Aspinall is riding an eight-fight winning streak and has three performance bonuses in a row.

He last fought Alexander Volkov in March and defeated him via first-round submission.

Aspinall takes on the number-four ranked Curtis Blaydes, who is riding a two-fight winning streak and most recently defeated Chris Daukaus via TKO in the second-round this past March.

Blaydes’ NJCAA wrestling credentials will be put to the test against Tom Aspinall’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

To find out how to place your bets for this heavyweight division main event, check out our ultimate UFC betting guide to get started.

Jack Hermansson vs Chris Curtis – Middleweight division

Jack Hermansson TALE OF THE TAPE Chris Curtis
34 Age 35
6 ft. 1 in. Height 5 ft. 10 in.
77.5 in. Reach 75 in.
22-7 Record 29-8

Undefeated in the UFC at 3-0 and riding an eight-fight professional winning streak, Chris Curtis steps in to replace an injured Darren Till for this co-main event against Jack Hermansson.

Curtis last fought just one month ago – defeating Rodolfo Vieira via unanimous decision.

Hermansson has gone just 3-3 over his last six bouts. After defeating Edmen Shahbazyan last May, Hermansson most recently fought Sean Strickland. Unfortunately Hermansson was defeated via unanimous decision in the Strickland fight that took place earlier this year.

Hermansson will stand two-inches taller and have a 2.5-inch reach advantage.

Paddy Pimblett vs Jordan Leavitt – Lightweight division

Paddy Pimblett TALE OF THE TAPE Jordan Leavitt
27 Age 27
5 ft. 10 in. Height 5 ft. 9 in.
73 in. Reach 71 in.
18-3 Record 10-1

Like his countrymate Tom Aspinall, Paddy Pimblett finds himself on another fight card in England just four months after his last appearance.

Pimblett is 2-0 in the UFC, having defeated Luigi Vendramini via KO and, most recently, Rodrigo Vargas via first-round submission.

Jordan Leavitt is 3-1 in the UFC and has won his last two straight. He most recently fought this past April, defeating Trey Ogden via split-decision.

Pimblett, who boasts a first-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, will have a two-inch reach advantage over the southpaw Leavitt.

Nikita Krylov vs Alexander Gustafsson – Light heavyweight division

Nikita Krylov TALE OF THE TAPE Alexander Gustafsson
30 Age 35
6 ft. 3 in. Height 6 ft. 4 in.
77.5 in. Reach 79 in.
27-9 Record 18-7

A former three-time light heavyweight title challenger, Alexander Gustafsson has now lost three-straight, toyed with the idea of retirement, and attempted a move up to the heavyweight division.

After his submission loss to former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum in 2020, Gustafsson took time off to recover from injury and even had two fights canceled.

Like Gustafsson, Nikita Krylov is in the midst of his own losing streak, having lost back-to-back contests to Magomed Ankalaev and, most recently, Paul Craig.

Krylov has a black belt in karate but will be at a reach disadvantage.

Molly McCann vs Hannah Goldy – Women’s flyweight division

Molly McCann TALE OF THE TAPE Hannah Goldy
32 Age 30
5 ft. 4 in. Height 5 ft. 4 in.
62 in. Reach 61 in.
12-4 Record 6-2

Another English favorite, Molly McCann also fought on the previous O2 arena card this past March – defeating Luana Carolina in the third round with a devastating spinning back elbow knockout.

She was awarded a performance bonus and the KO marked her second straight win.

Hannah Goldy snapped a two-fight losing skid in her last fight, defeating Emily Whitmire with a first-round armbar last September.

With more experience and her purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, at -380, Molly McCann is the biggest betting favorite on the main card.

Paul Craig vs Volkan Oezdemir – Light heavyweight division

Paul Craig TALE OF THE TAPE Volkan Oezdemir
34 Age 32
6 ft. 4 in. Height 6 ft. 1 in.
76 in. Reach 75 in.
16-4-1 Record 17-6

One of the most elite grapplers in the UFC since signing in 2016, 13 of Paul Craig’s 16 wins have come via submission and he has earned seven performance bonuses in 13 fights with the promotion.

Craig has now won five straight (with one draw) and most recently defeated Nikita Krylov last March via – you guessed it – submission!

Former light heavyweight title challenger Volkan Oezdemir has now lost two straight and is just 2-5 over his last seven bouts.

Oezdemir, the former kickboxer, will be at both a height and reach disadvantage.

Craig boasts a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is listed at -165.

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How to Watch UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Aspinall

Event UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Aspinall
Location O2 Arena, London, England
Time Saturday, July 23, 3 PM EST
How to watch ESPN, ESPN+
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