Coming off of a profitable week at UFC Long Island, our sights now move to London, England, where the UFC octagon is set up for action on Saturday. This is another stacked, early starting (noon Eastern) fight card for us to scratch our degen itch. Here are my UFC London predictions to get us that money. Let’s gooooooo!!!
UFC London Predictions
All odds courtesy of PointsBet
Tom Aspinall (-135) vs Curtis Blaydes
We get a big-time heavyweight matchup in Saturday’s main event, as England’s Tom Aspinall gets the toughest test of his career in Curtis Blaydes. I think Aspinall is going to get the better of ‘Razor’ on the feet with his quickness and power, plus he has a strong ground game that can hopefully protect him from Blaydes’s wrestle-heavy attack. Additionally, he has never been taken down in a UFC fight (although he’s only had to stuff two attempts thus far).
Chris Curtis (-105) vs Jack Hermansson
He’s taking this fight on short notice, and Jack Hermansson is the most skilled fighter he’s ever faced, but I’m not going to fade ‘Action Man’ Chris Curtis ever again until he proves me wrong. He’s been on an absolute tear in the UFC and showed incredible grappling skills in his last fight to go along with his prodigious power striking. Plus, ‘The Joker’ seems to be on the downswing of his career. Mark this down as my first underdog in my UFC London predictions.
Paddy Pimblett (-260) vs Jordan Leavitt
The O2 Arena is going to be rocking when Liverpudlian star Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett makes his walk to the cage. And he’s not one to shrink under the spotlight. While I’m not as all-in as some are on Pimblett as a fighter, I like him in this matchup with Jordan Leavitt. He’s going to be the better striker, and he excels in scrambling and grappling as well.
Nikita Krylov (-195) vs Alexander Gustafsson
This pick is as much of a fade on Alexander Gustafsson than it is an endorsement of Nikita Krylov. Gustafsson has been out of the cage again for almost two years, and he looked terrible in his last fight. In fact, he hasn’t had his hand raised in the octagon in over five years at this point. Krylov should be able to outstrike him, plus he’s a strong grappler.
Molly McCann (-400) vs Hannah Goldy
‘Meatball’ Molly McCann is starting to get more favorable matchups from the UFC brass, especially for events on her home soil. She’s going to beat Hannah Goldy on the feet and can outgrapple her too if need be. Make it three-straight wins for the former Subway employee.
Paul Craig (+132) vs Volkan Oezdemir
I have no idea why Paul Craig is the underdog here, but I’ll gladly take the plus money. The grappling wiz seems to have this UFC thing figured out, going undefeated over his last six fights. Plus, he’s finished every one of his 16 pro wins (three knockouts and 13 submissions). Meanwhile, I think we’ve already seen the best of Volkan Oezdemir, he’s lost two straight, and has been outgrappled and submitted in the past. There’s your second underdog UFC London predictions for normally chalky me.
Mason Jones (-350) vs L’udovit Klein
Mason ‘The Dragon’ Jones steps into this fight on short notice, which is never conducive to winning. However, he’s way more talented than L’udovit Klein and will have the ‘home town’ cage advantage on his side.
Marc Diakiese (-350) vs Damir Hadzovic
People are starting to realize, after his last fight, that Marc Diakiese is actually a stronger grappler than he is a striker. And he should use this grappling advantage, plus seven years of youth on his side, to get his hand raised in front of his fellow countrymen on Saturday.
Nathaniel Wood (-550) vs Charles Rosa
Ten years and 22 fights into his pro MMA career, can Nathaniel Wood really continue to be known as ‘The Prospect’? Despite being on the shelf for almost two years, he’ll have his way with Charles Rosa this weekend, who’ll have no answers to his striking (or probably his grappling either).
Jonathan Pearce (-215) vs Makwan Amirkhani
Jonathan Pearce is going to be the better striker here, and the stats say he’s the better grappler as well. And Makwan Amirkhani is just too damn inconsistent to back.
Muhammad Mokaev (-500) vs Charles Johnson
Newcomer Charles Johnson is a very good fighter, but Muhammad Mokaev is the best flyweight prospect in the world, strong in every aspect of the sport. Hence the -500 line.
Jai Herbert (-290) vs Kyle Nelson
Jai Herbert is finally getting easier UFC matchups after getting put through the wringer to start his career in the promotion. He should use his half-foot of reach advantage to piece up Canadian Kyle Nelson.
Victoria Leonardo (+104) vs Mandy Bohm
Mandy Bohm did not look good in her UFC debut, while Victoria Leonardo has been TKO’d in both her UFC fights, but they were against killers. I’ll gladly take a flyer on her at plus money in this flyweight fight – yes another dog!
Nicolas Dalby (-250) vs Claudio Silva
In Saturday’s curtain jerker I’ll take the durable Nicolas Dalby to use his striking and toughness to beat grappler Claudio Silva.
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