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UFC London 2022 predictions: How will Tom Aspinall and Paddy The Baddy fights go this weekend?

Saturday evening will mark the cfusecond trip to London in just four months, with March’s glittering edition of the event forcing the flagship mixed martial arts promotion into a swift comeback.

Tom Aspinal, Paddy Pimblet and a host of British fighters scored victories at UFC London in March, sending the O2 Arena into ecstasy on a night that broke Fight Night and O2 Arena records.

Aspinall’s first-round submission to Alexander Volkov that night earned him another spot in the Main Event this Saturdaywith Curtis Blayde ready to stand through the Octagon of the British heavyweight in what could be a clash to crown a No 1 contender.

Pimblett, meanwhile, was arguably the star of the O2 Arena in Marchat the first edition of UFC London since 2019. The Liverpudlian lightweight will take on Jordan Leavitt here as he looks to boost his profile.

Here’s everything you need to know about a stacked card.

When is it?

UFC London takes place on Saturday, July 23 at the O2 Arena.

The prelims will begin at 5:00 p.m. BST, with the main card following at 8:00 p.m. Ring walks for the main event are scheduled to take place around 10:00 p.m.

How can I watch it?

Paddy Pimblett stole the O2 Arena in March

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The card will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK, with the broadcaster’s app and website also showing the fights.

In the US, ESPN+ will show the action live, as will UFC Fight Pass.

Odds

Aspinal – 4/6; Blaydes – 11/10

Piblet-4/11; Leavitt – 8/15

All odds here, via Betfair.

Predictions

Aspinall faces his toughest test yet, but his trajectory and performance so far suggests he can use his eclectic skill set to find a way past Blaydes. All three of Blaydes’ professional losses have come by knockout, though all have been to hitters heavier than Aspinall (Derrick Lewis once and Francis Ngannou twice). The American has a grappling advantage, so expect Aspinall to keep the fight going and don’t be surprised if he tops Blaydes; if the Brit is to stop the tourist, it will likely be with voluminous strikes rather than a knockout punch.

Pimblett faces his most dangerous opponent so far in a similar fashion, and the Liverpudlian has been in worrying positions in his two UFC outings – especially when he was dropped in his last fight. As such, ‘Paddy The Baddy’s’ claim that ‘Scousers don’t get knocked out’ makes it sound like it might one day come back to haunt him, but Leavitt has won most of his wins by submission. . It is therefore in the fight exchanges that the American will offer the greatest threat here. If Pimblett can make the fight a striking affair, he might just score a scrappy knockout like he did in his UFC debut. That said, he too has a significant number of submission wins, so sticking to striking would be a tactic influenced by his advantage in that area – not because of a disadvantage in grappling.

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UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes

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Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall (Heavyweight)

Jack Hermansson vs. Chris Curtis (middleweight)

Paddy Pimblett vs. Jordan Leavitt (lightweight)

Nikita Krylov vs. Alexander Gustafsson (light heavyweight)

Molly McCann vs. Hannah Goldy (women’s flyweight)

Paul Craig vs. Volkan Oezdemir (light heavyweight)

Preliminaries

The Udovit Klein vs. Mason Jones (Lightweight)

Marc Diakiese vs. Damir Hadzovic (lightweight)

Nathaniel Wood vs. Charles Rosa (bantamweight)

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jonathan Pearce (featherweight)

Muhammad Mokaev vs. Charles Johnson (Flyweight)

Jai Herbert vs. Kyle Nelson (lightweight)

Mandy Bohm vs. Victoria Leonardo (women’s flyweight)

Claudio Silva vs Nicolas Dalby (welterweight)

UFC London 2022 predictions: How will Tom Aspinall and Paddy The Baddy fights go this weekend?

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