Andrew Gombas gives his picks and best bets for UFC Fight Night in London between Tom Aspinall and Curtis Blaydes.
Tom Aspinall says he went into his UFC career slowly and carefully because he wanted to do it right. Instead, the heavyweight prospect’s rapid rise has put him on the verge of a title shot, which he could get if he beats Curtis Blaydes in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall on Saturday.
Blaydes vs. Aspinall odds, London fight
The fight between the two ranked contenders will end the main UFC London card at the 02 Arena at 2 p.m. ET. Aspinall, who was ranked sixth, said he would take his time getting to the top. However, he became the fastest fighter in UFC history to win five matches, beating Ronda Rousey’s record. If he beats the No. 4-ranked Blaydes at UFC London, he could start talking about the title. Blaydes, on the other hand, hopes to boost his own stock by getting another win against a good opponent.
In the latest UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall odds from Caesars Sportsbook, Aspinall is a -130 favorite (risk $130 to win $100), while Blaydes is a +110 underdog. In the co-main event, Jack Hermansson (-110 odds) fights Chris Curtis for the light heavyweight title (-110). Before you make your own picks for UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall, make sure to read MMA expert Andrew Gombas’ predictions and betting tips.
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Gombas is a former NCAA wrestler who uses his experience on the mat to help him understand and break down the Xs and O’s of MMA matchups in a way that sets him apart from other MMA analysts. He started the MMA betting service MMA Knockout Bets in 2018, and every year since then, it has made money.
Bet MMA, a third-party monitoring service, has kept track of more than 1,400 of his picks, and his followers have made 6% on their investments. In the last two years, those who follow him have made more than $10,000.
Last month at UFC 275, Gombas won all of his main-card picks, which included telling SportsLine members to bet on welterweight prospects Jake Matthews (+125) and Andre Fialho (-145) in a matchup. Gombas was in charge from the start and stopped Gombas in the second round, giving Gombas’ backers another easy win. Those who have followed Gombas have already made a lot of money.
Now that UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall is coming up, Gombas has looked at the card from every angle and put out his top MMA picks. You can only get that UFC picks at SportsLine.
Blaydes and Aspinall will fight on UFC Fight Night.
The winner of Saturday’s main event could get the next chance to fight champion Francis Ngannou for the title. Ngannou doesn’t have a fight scheduled right now, mostly because he has been out for a long time with a knee injury.
Ngannou has already beaten the number one contender, Ciryl Gane, who was his last opponent. He also beat the number two contender, Stipe Miocic, in a rematch. People think that the champion wants to fight the former light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, for a lot of money, but no one knows when the unpredictable Jones will come back.
So, either Aspinall (12-2) or Blaydes (16-3-1) could get the next chance to fight for the title or could be chosen to fight for an interim title if Ngannou stays inactive.
Two of the three UFC fights Blaydes has lost have been to the champion, but neither was for the title. During their fight in November 2018, he was stopped in the first round. In February of last year, Derrick Lewis, who had been in the running for the title twice, beat him in a big surprise. This was his only other UFC loss.
Blaydes, who is 31 years old, is a strong wrestler who also has power in his hands. Aspinall is on the rise and will be a good test for him. In his first five UFC fights, he has shown speed, versatility, and toughness.
In his last fight, the 29-year-old English fighter Alexander Volkov, a veteran contender, was a step up in difficulty. However, Volkov was submitted in the first round, ending the fight. He got his third straight performance bonus because of how well he did. Here is the only place you can see who to pick at UFC Fight Night.
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Here is one of Gombas’ picks for UFC Fight Night: He is betting on Nikita Krylov (-190) to win against Alexander Gustafsson (+170) in a fight between two experienced light heavyweights.
Gustafsson has been in the UFC for 13 years and has a record of 18-7. He is known for taking former champions Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier to the edge in title fights but losing both times. The Swedish fighter, who is 35 years old, hasn’t been in the Octagon in more than two years and hasn’t won a UFC match since May 2015.
Krylov (27-9) has been in the UFC twice, for a total of almost 10 years. Most of that time, he was in the top half of the rankings, but he has never fought for a title. The 30-year-old Ukrainian is very versatile, but he has lost his last two fights to rising prospects. In March, he was tapped out by Paul Craig.
I think Krylov is better than Gustafsson at grappling, and I think his striking is underrated. It’s not the most beautiful, but it works. “Gustafsson hasn’t won a fight in over five years, and I think that trend will keep going. Gombas said this to SportsLine. Find out who else to choose here.
How to Choose Fights for UFC Fight Night
Gombas also has good predictions for Blaydes vs. Aspinall and other UFC Fight Night matches. He also thinks that a fighter who “has a serious grappling edge” will win by a large margin. These picks for UFC Fight Night can only be found at SportsLine.
Who wins between Aspinall and Blaydes? And what other picks should you look at? Find out now by going to SportsLine to get the detailed top picks on UFC Fight Night from an insider who has won more than $10,000 on MMA picks in the last two years.
Odds and fights scheduled for UFC Fight Night
SportsLine has a full list of picks, predictions, and best bets for UFC Fight Night.
- Curtis Blaydes (+110) vs. Tom Aspinall (-135)
2. Chris Curtis (-110), versus Jack Hermanson (-110)
3. Paddy Pimblett (-250) vs. Jordan Leavitt (+210)
4. Alexander Gustafsson (+170) vs. Nikita Krylov (-190)
5. Molly McCain (-380) vs. Hannah Goldy (+310)
6. Volkan Oezdemir (-160) vs. Paul Craig (+140)
7. Mason Jones (-335) vs. Ludovit Klein (+275)
8. Marc Diakiese (-340) vs. Damir Hadzovic (+280)
9. Charles Rosa (+400) vs. Nathaniel Wood (-500).
10. Makwan Amirkhani (+185) vs. Jonathan Pearce (-215)
11. Muhammad Mokaev (-500) vs. Charles Johnson (+400)
12. Jai Herbert (-270) vs. Kyle Nelson (+230)
13. Mandy Bohm (-130) vs. Victoria Leonardo (+110)
14. Nicolas Dalby (-250) vs. Claudio Silva (+210)
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