Blaydes vs Aspinall Opens as a Pick’Em Fight

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  • The heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and Tom Aspinall has been listed as a pick’em fight.
  • Blaydes and Aspinall are expected to headline the UFC’s return to London on July 23rd at the O2 Arena.
  • Blaydes is 11-3 in the UFC while Aspinall is a perfect 5-0 inside the Octagon.

The heavyweight clash between Curtis Blaydes and Tom Aspinall has opened as a pick’em fight.

Both fighters hit the betting boards at -108 odds when the first betting lines were released by the best UFC betting sites on Sunday:

Blaydes and Aspinall will be the main event for the UFC’s return to London on July 23rd at the O2 Arena.

Curtis Blaydes Knocks Out Chris Daukaus

Blaydes is the no. 4 ranked heavyweight in the UFC and is coming off back-to-back victories against Jairzinho Rozensturik and Chris Daukaus. In his last bout, Blaydes proved that he is not just a wrestler when he knocked out Daukaus in a Performance of the Night-winning effort at the main event of UFC on ESPN 33 just last March 26th.

The 31-year-old from Naperville, Illinois is a former NJCAA Folklore wrestling All-American and national champion. Blaydes began his career at XFO, SCS, and RFA before joining the UFC in 2016. He’s posted an impressive 11-3 UFC record with one no-contest with his losses coming at the hands of Francis Ngannou ( twice ) and Derrick Lewis.

This marks Blaydes’ longest ever opening odds inside the UFC Octagon. Razor has never opened or closed with the plus money sign written next to his name, not even against Ngannou. Blaydes closed at -160 in the first Ngannou fight and at an even shorter -250 odds in their rematch. He was also the massive -440 favorite when he was upset by Lewis at UFC Fight Night 185.

Tom Aspinall Submits Alexander Volkov

Aspinall proved that he is the real deal when he submitted former Bellator heavyweight champion, Alexander Volkov, with a straight armbar at the main event of the UFC’s previous visit to London at UFC Fight Night 204 last March 19th. The win was Aspinall’s fifth straight in the UFC, all via stoppage and it moved him up to no. 6 in the latest UFC heavyweight rankings.

The 29-year-old from Greater Manchester, England began his career in his native land, fighting for promotions like BAMMA, Full Contact Contender, and Cage Warriors before heading to the UFC in 2020. Not only is Aspinall 5-0 with five knockouts inside the UFC cage, but he’s also earned four Performance of the Night bonuses in those five bouts. Overall, he has a record of 12-2 with nine knockouts and three submission victories.

Like his opponent, Aspinall has never entered the Octagon as a betting underdog, although he’s opened as such once before. In his most recent appearance, the Briton opened at +124 against Volkov but eventually closed as the -160 betting favorite. That +124 odds also stands as his longest opening odds ever under the UFC banner.

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