The event in March at the O2 Arena enticed the promotion to return on July 23 with a significant heavyweight fight pitting Curtis Blaydes against Tom Aspinall. It is all set to take place from The O2 Arena, London, UK on 23rd July and 24th July here in India. Check out the the complete fight for the event. Follow UFC Fight Night London Live Updates with Individual performers stand out more than paired matchups at UFC London. Names like Paddy Pimblett, Molly McCann, Jai Herbert and Nathanial Wood jump off the page more than opponents Jordan Leavitt, Hannah Goldy, Kyle Nelson and Charles Rosa. Part of that is likely a consequence of roster availability. Part of that is also by design: the London faithful are there to buoy their English fighters against any opposition. Expect an electric atmosphere on Saturday.
Curtis Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall: The Heavyweight Clash would healdine the UFC London and we can accept a finish coming out of it. Tom Aspinall is currently undefeated inside the UFC octagon with winning all of his five fights by finishing his opponent. He only went once in the second round in these five bouts. However, Curtis Blaydes has experience of being in the UFC cage and has faced some of the biggest competition. He would enter the cage with a task to stop Aspinall’s win streak
Take a look below at three fights worth watching before Aspinall and Blaydes make their walks to the cage.
Paddy Pimblett vs. Jordan Leavitt
Pimblett has established himself as one of UFC’s most reliable talkers in just two Octagon appearances. The beauty of Pimblett’s brand is how he deeply divides fans. Some love his brash personality and others despise it. His supporters will point to two first-round finishes in the UFC while his critics will argue that he nearly lost each of those fights to sub-optimal competition. It does not matter how you feel about “Paddy the Baddy,” only that you care. Leavitt is not the biggest b-side in the sport, but he is certainly Pimblett’s toughest UFC test. Leavitt can usurp some of Pimblett’s star power with an impressive win. Pimblett can continue to boost his profile and further legitimize himself with a victory on Saturday.
Jack Hermansson vs. Chris Curtis
Swapping out TIll for Curtis is a reasonable call. Both have infectious personalities and while Till would have received a hero’s welcome in London, Curtis has much more momentum and is ready to make a step up. Hermansson had plenty of knockouts early in his career but emerged as a beastly submission specialist up the middleweight ladder. He tapped out Kelvin Gastelum, David Branch and Gerald Meerschaert. He also got the better of jiu-jitsu legend Ronaldo Souza by decision. Curtis is a crisp striker who remains a threat at all times. His defensive wrestling held up against one-dimensional jiu-jitsu ace Rodoflo Vieira and stoppage wins over Brendan Allen and Phil Hawes prove that he is a serious threat.
Paul Craig vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Craign and Oezdemir are uncomfortable bets to wager on and that is what makes this light heavyweight scrap so much fun. Oezdemir is coming off consecutive losses, but they were to highly-touted contender Magomed Ankalaev and new champion Jiri Prochazka. Craig is as dangerous of a submission threat as you will find at 205 with an 82% finishing rate via submission. Add to that only one of his 21 pro fights has gone the distance. Oezdemir has gun powder in his knuckles and can put away fighters like Ilir Latifi, Jimi Manuwa and Misha Cirkunov. The chances of his bout going three full rounds is slim-to-none.
Check out the UFC Fight Night London full match card
UFC Fight Night London Main Card
Heavyweight – Curtis Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall
Middleweight – Jack Hermansson vs Chris Curtis
Lightweight – Paddy Pimblett vs Jordan Leavitt
Light Heavyweight – Nikita Krylov vs Alexander Gustafsson
Women’s Flyweight – Molly McCann vs Hannah Goldy
Light Heavyweight – Paul Craig vs Volkan Oezdemir