The main event of UFC London sees Tom Aspinall take on Alexander Volkov in his first big test in the promotion. The bout is a very interesting one and is expected to help setup Aspinall’s future at heavyweight. These heavyweights are big boys as Aspinall stands at 6’5 whilst Volkov stands at 6’7. These men are expected to deliver in front of the London crowd after they missed out on live events for three years. Volkov is a tried and tested heavyweight that serves as a high-level gatekeeper in the division. Aspinall is a very exciting heavyweight prospect that has the opportunity to prove himself against an excellent contender.
Alexander Volkov is a tried and tested heavyweight contender in the UFC. The Russian may have been remembered best for getting knocked out by Derrick Lewis and that has messed with his image. Volkov is an excellent contender and he loves to piece up his opponents on the feet. He’s tall and he likes to fight like it. That isn’t always the case for tall fighters, *cough* Stefan Struve *cough.* Volkov is coming off of a win over Marcin Tybura at UFC 267 and has been doing very well aside from a loss to Ciryl Gane back in June. He’s a stiff test for anyone and will make for a very interesting fight.
Tom Aspinall is an exciting heavyweight prospect in the UFC and many are excited to see what he can do in the UFC London main event. The Englishman is a finisher and he’s breezing past every test he’s faced so far. His last two wins include a surprising submission over Andrei Arlovski and a knockout over Sergey Spivak. Volkov is a big step up and he’s not an easy man to finish. Aspinall is on the cusp of becoming a big star and finding a big win in London will be very important. Aspinall is well-rounded and tends to find the finish early. Volkov will serve as a big test and the fight would be very interesting to figure out where his level is.
Here are the UFC odds, featuring our Volkov-Aspinall prediction, courtesy of FanDuel.
UFC Odds: Volkov-Aspinall Odds
Alexander Volkov (+108)
Tom Aspinall (-126)
Over 3.5 rounds (-108)
Under 3.5 rounds (-118)
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How Alexander Volkov Wins The Fight At UFC London
Alexander Volkov has a clear path to victory and it’s through what has worked for him throughout his career. Use his length, work the job, and mix in his kicks. Volkov didn’t have the greatest performance in his last fight but he did bounce back from a tough loss to Ciryl Gane. Volkov’s path to victory is through testing Tom Aspinall’s cardio and using that veteran savvy. The longer the fight goes, the better Volkov’s chances. Finding a finish could obviously happen especially the longer the fight goes. Volkov is going to test Aspinall and it’s going to be very interesting. The Russian’s best chance to win the fight is by dragging the prospect through deep waters and outpointing him for a decision.
How Tom Aspinall Wins The Fight At UFC London
Tom Aspinall is an exciting young fighter and he has an eye for the finish. UFC London is expected to be his big opportunity to break out into the top-10 at heavyweight. Aspinall has yet to fight someone at the level of Alexander Volkov and is set for an interesting challenge. Volkov struggles against fighters that can match his size and that will show against Aspinall. The Englishman is going to be dangerous early on and his power should play a factor. Aspinall will look to work on the inside and avoid the body kick. His power should be the key for him to find the finish in the second round.
Final Volkov-Aspinall Prediction & Pick
Alexander Volkov’s patience means the finish won’t likely come in the first round. He’ll look to use his body kicks early and will plan on dragging the fight out to the later rounds. Tom Aspinall is going to push the pace early and look to use his power to control the fight. There are many questions about Volkov but he is still a tough test for anyone. Aspinall is well-rounded and he should be able to use his size to win the fight. The Englishman should prove that he is worth the hype and his power will give Volkov trouble. Aspinall wins by third-round TKO.
Final Volkov-Aspinall Pick: Tom Aspinall wins by knockout in the third round.