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The main event comes in the Heavyweight division, as two contenders in Alexander “Drago” Volkov and Tom Aspinall clash in a pivotal fight. Checking in at 6th in the Heavyweight division, with eight wins in eleven fights inside the octagon, Volkov is truly one of the divisions best. Having won three of the last four, Volkov has to be closing in on his first title shot. Meanwhile, Aspinall has been on some tear. A winner of seven straight, four of which have come in the UFC, Aspinall has laid waste to anyone who’s stood in his path. With all eleven victories coming by stoppage, Aspinall isn’t one to need the judges to decide his fate.
As for a prediction, I have Aspinall winning. While it’s it’s hard to doubt Volkov, considering how good he is, Aspinall is just a wave of talent that has Championship potential. A heavy-handed boxer with good hand speed, Aspinall is dangerous on the feet. However, a BJJ black belt, Aspinall has a good ground game too. With heavy ground-and-pound and good submissions, Aspinall may be one of the last Heavyweight’s you want to see in top control. It won’t be easy though, as aside from Blaydes taking Volkov down fourteen times, the Russian has fended off 45 of 51 takedowns. Roughly 90%. A high output striker, who stays at a distance and uses his length to pick apart opponents, Volkov is among the division’s best on the feet. The only thing Volkov lacks is one-punch power, which Aspinall packs plenty of. In a fight that could really go either way, I’m banking on Aspinall to live up to the hype. So with that said, I have Aspinall winning via TKO.