UFC FIGHT NIGHT 208: BLAYDES Vs ASPINALL GAMBLING GUIDE
A treat for us because we get to watch another cracking UFC card at a reasonable hour, but an even bigger treat for you because it means we’ve done a Fight Night gambling guide to celebrate!
Main Card (BT Sport)
Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall (Heavyweight)
There is absolutely no denying that this is the very likeable Englishman’s biggest challenge to date. There is no way anyone can count Blaydes out here, his credentials deserve respect, but ultimately he’s in Aspinall’s hometown, it is a main event and about 90% of the audience will be gunning for him. Let’s not forget it was only four months ago Aspinall was wiping the floor with Alexander Volkov in the same arena! He’ll play it cool but another stellar performance against Blaydes will surely need to start preparing himself for some serious spotlight after this.
Jack Hermansson vs. Chris Curtis (Middleweight)
UK fans (and MMA fans in general) have been robbed of seeing Darren Till in his long awaited comeback. Instead Hermansson gets Chris Curtis as a late replacement. This could be a positive, or a negative for both athletes which makes it a tough one to call. We might sound a bit harsh here but Hermansson was once a bit of a force, but seems to be flagging recently. His wrestling will need to be on point here but Curtis might just be a little too much.
Paddy Pimblett vs. Jordan Leavitt (Lightweight)
Whilst it may not be his toughest, rising star Pimblett is certainly facing his most awkward opponent in the form of Jordan Leavitt. The American has never fought in front of big crowd let alone an extremely loud London one. If Leavitt wins here it’ll be the biggest upset on the card – especially in the eyes of the UFC. The Scouser should tear through him though and send the 02 wild.
Nikita Krylov vs. Alexander Gustafsson (Light Heavyweight)
Can the former title contender finally get a win? If not this really is the end of the road for the popular Viking. In Gustaffson we trust!
Molly McCann vs. Hannah Goldy (Women’s Flyweight)
We’ve said this many times before when it comes to women’s MMA but this one really could go either way. It’ll go the distance for sure and it’ll be up to the judges to decide who has landed the most punches. Leave it off the accumulator.
Paul Craig vs. Volkan Oezdemir (Light Heavyweight)
Oezdemir will always have a punchers chance but the Scotsman seems to be at the top of his game this year and will look to implement a solid game plan that should see him achieve a submission finish in the second or third round.
Preliminary Card (BT Sport)
Mason Jones vs. Ludovit Klein (Lightweight)
Rather tough one to call because on one hand you have the young Welsh Dragon with a gas tank the same size as his country, but then you have his opponent, an athlete who still hasn’t shown us what he is really capable of, and after a poor last outing, could be looking to put on a show. Jones on points is probably the safest bet, we are going with the upset.
Marc Diakiese vs. Damir Hadzovic (Lightweight)
Whilst far from the finished product, Diakiese should thrive off fighting back on home turf and bring a bit more to the table. Hadzovic is an old slugger so there is certainly a risk, however ‘Bone Crusher’ should be able to rack up enough points.
Nathaniel Wood vs. Charles Rosa (Featherweight)
After getting hard done by in his last outing ‘The Prospect’ will be eager to prove his worth in surroundings just 20mins from his house. It won’t be easy and the obvious bet is for this one to go the distance but the Englishman might just steal a submission
WINNER: Nathaniel Wood
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jonathan Pearce (Featherweight)
Quite a few experts will be going with Amirkhani on this one but ‘JSP’ has found his rhythm and will probably add another ‘W’ to his record against the veteran fighter from Finland.
Muhammad Mokaev vs. Charles Johnson (Flyweight)
The social media banter between these two has been nothing short of cringe, hopefully the bout is much better. LFA star Johnson has told followers he’s ready to take out his much younger opponent but he’s going to have to produce something special to get a win here though
Jai Herbert vs. Kyle Nelson (Lightweight)
The Wolverhampton banger will be looking to put on a show for the crowd but this puts him at risk of getting into a brawl. Canadian scrapper Kyle ‘The Monster’ Nelson will happily oblige and unfortunately out of all the Englishmen on the card, we worry Herbert will be the one that doesn’t get his hand raised. If Herbert can weather a couple storms he is still capable of doing the business.
Victoria Leonardo vs. Mandy Bohm (Women’s Flyweight)
She may have impressed the decision makers on DWCS but her employers might decide that even in her 30’s, it was a little too early for Mandy Bohm to enter the octagon. Another loss will see her cut from the roster, a win however could produce one of the nights bigger upsets (definitely worth a bet – this is a women’s bout after all where a drawn out decision can often go either way!)
Claudio Silva vs. Nicolas Dalby (Welterweight)
Claudio Silva has gassed pretty badly in the later rounds of his last two appearances, and he’s a bit long in the tooth to change his ways now. For that reason we will take the former Cage Warriors champion to either get the TKO or win via Unanimous Decision.
WILD CARD BET: Jordan Leavett to defeat Paddy Pimblett via Decision