UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall Tips & Preview

The UFC returns to the UK for the first time in three years this weekend with a stacked card full of British fighters including Tom Aspinall, Arnold Allen, Paddy Pimbleyy and Paul Craig just to name a few.

Also in the co main event is New Zealander Dan Hooker who will make his debut at Featherweight.

The O2 Arena in London will be absolutely packed for this one and our full UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall Tips & Preview can be found below.

Alexander Volkov vs Tom Aspinall
Tom Aspinall @ $1.87

Liverpool born Tom Aspinall has 11 wins and two losses from 13 professional MMA fights and is undefeated in four fights inside the UFC.

He submitted former UFC Heavyweight champion Andre Arlovski in February last year and beat Sergey Spivak via first round TKO in September.

A black belt in BJJ, he has shown his versatility on his feet and on the canvas in his short pro career so far.

Alexander Volkov has proven somewhat of a gatekeeper in the heaviest UFC division for some time now and his only three losses since 2016 have been against Derrick Lewis (in the last 11 seconds of the fight, Curtis Blaydes and Ciryl Gane.

He usually has a big height and reach advantage however he doesn’t get that in this match up against the 6 ft 5 inch Tom Aspinall.

This is an intriguing fight and a really solid test for the local but he should have too many weapons for Volkov in my opinion.

Aspinall is capable when the fight is standing but he should look to take this fight to the canvas at some stage during the five rounds.

Arnold Allen vs Dan Hooker
Fight To Go The Distance @ $1.75

English born Arnold Allen is one of the most exciting prospects in the UFC Featherweight division and has tasted defeat just once during his 17 pro fight career.

The 28 year old is undefeated in the UFC and is riding a 10 fight win streak heading into the co main event in London this weekend.

Six of his eight fights in the UFC have required the judges decision and he has been to a third round in every one of those fights.

Dan Hooker was at the top of the Lightweight division for the majority of his UFC career and he never shirked an opponent while there.

He gave Dustin Poirier one of his toughest challenges in an all time classic back in June of 2020 and losses to Michael Chandler and Islam Mackachev had him at some what of a cross road.

After visiting the UFC dietitians, Hooker made the decision to drop down to the Featherweight division and he has again taken a very difficult fight first up when he probably had options.

This is why we love him!

Both of these guys are very well rounded and capable in all facets of mixed martial arts, and while I’m struggling to split them, I think it goes the distance.

 

Paul Craig vs Nikita Krylov
Paul Craig To Win @ $2.40

Nikita Krylov had his first fight in the UFC way back at UFC 164 in August 2013, a fight he lost via TKO in the third round.

The Ukrainian re entered the biggest promotion in the sport in 2018 and has since gone two wins and three losses.

Those three losses came against former Light Heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz, current LH Champ Glover Teixeira and rising star Magomed Ankalaev.

Scot Paul Craig is undefeated in his last five fights in the UFC which includes a win over Jamahal Hill in June last year.

He snapped the arm of Hill in that fight and he continues to be an extremely underrated fighter at this level which is evident in his odds.

Craig also has a submission round over Ankalaev and has time and again proven just how dangerous he is with his grappling and 12 of his 15 pro wins have been by submission.

The odds are wrong in this match up in my opinion and Craig straight out is one of the better bets an a truly awesome card.