The UFC heads to the UK this weekend, with the O2 Arena in London serving as the host venue for the event called UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Aspinall. Also known as UFC Fight Night 208 or UFC on ESPN+ 66, the event is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, with a heavyweight bout between two knockout artists – Custos Blaydes and Tom Aspinall – serving as the headliner. ‘attach.
The headliner fight is the one we will analyze in this UFC preview. The fact that Blaydes vs. Aspinall is the main event fight on Saturday is just one of the many reasons we decided to cover it. Another reason is that both fighters are ranked high in the UFC heavyweight rankings, which means the winner of the fight could have a shot at winning the title in the near future.
Moreover, both fighters are famous for their impressive finishes. Curtis Blaydes, who has won a total of 16 fights in his professional career, finished the fight by knockout/technical knockout 11 times. Tom Aspinall, who has 12 wins in his portfolio, won by KO/TKO nine times so far.
Knowing all of this, you can see why Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall is worth analyzing in depth. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do in our preview. Let’s start by taking a look at the betting odds.
Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall UFC Fight Night 208 odds
All odds are by FanDuel as of July 18.
method of victory
|Curtis Blaydes by KO/TKO||+290|
|Tom Aspinall by KO/TKO||+240|
|Curtis Blaydes by submission||+3400|
|Tom Aspinall by submission||+650|
|Curtis Blaydes by points||+300|
|Tom Aspinall in points||+420|
Where and when to watch
- Date: Saturday July 23
- Time: ~3:00 p.m. EDT
- Location: The O2 Arena in London, UK
- look: ESPN
Curtis Blaydes not easy to knock out
The 31-year-old American is 16-3 in his career which began in 2014. Just two years after his professional debut, Blaydes signed a deal with the UFC. Since then, he has fought 15 fights in this promotion, winning 12 and losing three.
Of those 12 UFC wins, seven have come by KO/TKO, while five have come by decision. As for his losses, he lost each of those three by knockout. This, however, does not mean that he has a weak chin. On the contrary, he is one of the UFC fighters who can take the most hits.
The reason he lost his fights by this method is because he fought against some of the best strikers in the world. Francis Ngannou – the Guinness World Record holder for the hardest punch – beat him twice. Blaydes’ third loss came against Derrick Lewis, a fighter who holds the UFC record for most knockouts in promotion history (13).
Tom Aspinall looking for his 9e Direct victory
Although he is currently No. 6 in the UFC heavyweight rankings (two spots below Blaydes), it is very likely that he would get a title shot if he won on Saturday. The thing is, Aspinall has been nothing short of brilliant since signing a deal with the UFC two years ago.
So far, he has fought five UFC bouts, winning all of them. Additionally, for four of those fights, Aspinall earned the promotion’s Performance of the Night bonus.
Although he hasn’t fought elite fighters such as Ngannou or Lewis, he has defeated a few A-listers so far. For example, in his last fight, Aspinall defeated Alexander Volkov, a Russian fighter who held the heavyweight title in M-1 Global and Bellator MMA. Additionally, in 2021, Aspinall defeated former UFC champion Andrey Arlovski. In both of these fights, the Englishman won by submission.
Prediction Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall
Tom Aspinall is the betting favorite for a reason. He is a fighter with enormous potential who has already shown what he is made of. Although he has won most of his fights by knockout, the rising British star is a versatile fighter who knows how to force his opponents into submission.
That said, winning by submission seems very plausible in this fight. Thing is, Blaydes is a tough fighter to knock out, which means the easiest way for Aspinall to beat him is to take him down.
Take: Tom Aspinall via Submission