Volkov Vs Aspinall – O2 Arena, London
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UFC: Paddy Pimblett (-600) Vs Rodrigo Vargas (+400)
Isreal Adesanya has already called this fight for what it truely is. Paddy is being groomed as a star and Dana White has thrown him a bum to get a glorious victory in front of a home crowd. This is a fight that Paddy should win easily, but nothing in the UFC is guaranteed.
I want to see Pimblett work on his boxing defence which looked a little suspect. He still got the KO against Luigi Vendramini, but he did take a couple of big shots in the process. Paddy claims that he cannot be knocked out. That may or may not be true, but I’d still like to see him cover up regardless.
This should be a first or second round KO, but I cannot make it an official recommended play with the big (-600) price tag. Needless to say, I will be cheering for the Brit just to see him make another post-fight interview.
UFC: Ilia Topuria (-625) Vs Jai Herbert (+440)
Topuria took this fight on short notice and is moving in weight class to lightweight in the process. The is little doubt which fighter of the two is more talented. Topuria is faster and more skilled. But Herbert is the bigger fighter and should have more power. This fight should end with Topuria getting his hand raised, but once again I cannot make it an offical selection with such high odds on the favorite.
What makes this fight and this card interesting is the conflict Topuria has with Pimblett. Ilia took offence to some disparraging Twitter remarks Paddy had about the country of Georgia and their conflict with Russia. Topuria is of course Georgian and confronted Pimblett in their hotel lobby earlier this week. A heated exchange ensued with a couple of items being hurled before cooler heads prevailed.
The incident of course pourred fuel on the speculation that the two fighters will square off in the octagon sometime soon. I would pay to see that happen of course.
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