Everything you need to know about UFC Fight Night: Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall

After hosting one of the most entertaining cards of the year in May, UFC returns to O2 Arena in London this Saturday. The last event in London only had three of the 12 total fights on the card go the distance.

Much like the last UK-based event, this Fight Night will also be headlined by local fighter Tom Aspinall as he clashes with fellow heavyweight Curtis Blaydes in the main event.

Aspinall, ranked No. 6 in ESPN’s divisional rankings, is undefeated in the UFC with finishes in all five of his appearances in the Octagon. Andrei Arlovski is the only one of his opponents to make it past the first round with Aspinall, only to be finished in Round 2.

Blaydes, ranked just ahead of Aspinall at No. 4 in ESPN rankings, enters the fight following back-to-back wins over Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Chris Daukaus.

With an impressive win, either fighter could propel themselves right into contention for the heavyweight title.

Saturday’s main card is on ESPN+, starting at 3 p.m. ET. The prelims are on ESPN+ at noon ET.

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Saturday’s UFC fight card

ESPN+, 3 p.m. ET

Heavyweights: Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall
Middleweights: Jack Hermansson vs. Chris Curtis
Lightweights: Paddy Pimblett vs. Jordan Leavitt
Light heavyweights: Nikita Krylov vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Women’s flyweights: Molly McCann vs. Hannah Goldy
Light heavyweights: Paul Craig vs. Volkan Oezdemir

ESPN+, Noon ET

Lightweights: Mason Jones vs. Ludovit Klein
Lightweights: Marc Diakiese vs. Damir Hadzovic
Featherweights: Nathaniel Wood vs. Charles Rosa
Featherweights: Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jonathan Pearce
Men’s flyweights: Muhammad Mokaev vs. Charles Johnson
Lightweights: Jai Herbert vs. Kyle Nelson
Women’s flyweights: Mandy Bohm vs. Victoria Leonardo
Welterweights: Claudio Silva vs. Nicolas Dalby

Ian Parker’s betting tip for Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall

Coming off the biggest win of his career, Aspinall will be looking to add another big name to his resume in Blaydes. If Aspinall can get this win, he will have a great shot at being the next in line for a title fight. For Aspinall, I think stylistically this is going to be a tough one for him as his cardio will be heavily tested by Blaydes. Aspinall has great striking and a great ground game, but has never — in his whole career — been outside of the second round, and against a grinder like Blaydes who has, that can be where he struggles. Look for Blaydes to go to his bread and butter with the wrestling and try to wear down Aspinall throughout the fight. At underdog odds, I am taking the more experienced Blaydes here.

For Parker’s suggested bet on the main event and his advice on other fights on Saturday’s card, check out the ESPN+ expert picks and best bets article. It also features analysis by Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick and ESPN’s other betting expert, Reed Kuhn.

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