UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Aspinall MMA expert shares surprising London fight card A battle of top-10 heavyweights will anchor the UFC fight card on Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall when rising prospect Tom Aspinall faces rugged veteran Curtis Blaydes in London. Their important showdown tops the main UFC London card (2 p.m. ET) from the 02 Arena. He has won all five of his UFC appearances by stoppage and could possibly make a case for a title shot with a win over a proven veteran such as the No. 4-ranked Blaydes.
Aspinall is a -130 favorite (risk $130 to win $100), while Blaydes counters at +110 in the latest UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall odds from Caesars Sportsbook. In the co-main event, light heavyweight contenders collide when Jack Hermansson (-110) meets Chris Curtis (-110). Before locking in any picks of your own for UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall, make sure you check out the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine expert Andrew Gombas.
Gombas is a former NCAA wrestler who taps into his experience on the mat to help understand and dissect the X’s and O’s of MMA matchups in a manner that sets him apart from other MMA analysts. He started the MMA handicapping service MMA Knockout Bets in 2018 and has shown a profit every year since. With more than 1,400 selections tracked by the third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, he has shown a 6 percent return on investment for his followers. Over the past two years, his followers have netted a profit of more than $10,000.
Just last month at UFC 275, Gombas swept the board with his main-card picks and the five-fight sweep included encouraging SportsLine members to back Jake Matthews (+125) against Andre Fialho (-145) in a matchup of welterweight prospects. Matthews dominated from the outset and scored a second-round stoppage to give Gombas’ backers another easy winner. Anyone who has followed Gombas already has seen massive returns.
UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall
Ngannou has already defeated top-ranked contender Ciryl Gane, who was his last opponent, and won a rematch with second-ranked Stipe Miocic. Coincidentally, two of Blaydes’ three UFC losses have come to the champion, though neither has come in a title bout. His only other UFC loss came in an upset against two-time title challenger Derrick Lewis in February of last year.
The 31-year-old Blaydes is a dominant wrestler who also carries power in his hands. He faces a litmus test in the surging Aspinall, who has shown speed, versatility and durability while running through his first five UFC opponents. The 29-year-old English fighter faced a step forward in competition in his last outing against veteran contender Alexander Volkov but finished him with a first-round submission. The dominant showing earned him his third consecutive performance bonus. You can only see who to pick at UFC Fight Night here.
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We’ll share one of Gombas’ UFC Fight Night picks here: He is siding with Nathaniel Wood (-500) to get past Charles Rosa (+400) in a featherweight battle. Wood (17-5) is a versatile prospect who has nine knockouts and five submissions among his 17 professional MMA victories. But the 28-year-old English fighter has dropped two of his past three, including a decision loss to fellow prospect Casey Kenney in his last outing. Rosa (14-7) is an eight-year UFC veteran and submission specialist who has struggled to gain traction against upper-tier competition. The 35-year-old Florida resident is looking to snap a two-fight skid that includes a decision loss to T.J. Brown in January. Rosa is tough, but I’m afraid his best days are behind him,” Gombas told SportsLine. See who else to pick here.
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Gombas also has strong picks for Blaydes vs. Aspinall and other fights on the UFC Fight Night card. He’s also backing a fighter who “has a serious grappling edge” to emerge with a dominant victory. Those UFC Fight Night picks are only available at SportsLine.
UFC Fight Night fight card:
Tom Aspinall (-130) vs. Curtis Blaydes (+110)
Chris Curtis (-110) vs. Jack Hermannson (-110)
Paddy Pimblett (-250) vs. Jordan Leavitt (+210)
Nikita Krylov (-190) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (+170)
Molly McCain (-380) vs. Hannah Goldy (+310)
Volkan Oezdemir (-160) vs. Paul Craig (+140)
Mason Jones (-335) vs. Ludovit Klein (+275)
Marc Diakiese (-340) vs. Damir Hadzovic (+280)
Nathaniel Wood (-500) vs. Charles Rosa (+400)
Jonathan Pearce (-215) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (+185)
Muhammad Mokaev (-500) vs. Charles Johnson (+400)
Jai Herbert (-270) vs. Kyle Nelson (+230)
Mandy Bohm (-130) vs. Victoria Leonardo (+110)
Nicolas Dalby (-250) vs. Claudio Silva (+210) sources by