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UFC London: Volkov vs. Aspinall predictions

Can U.K.'s finest represent on Saturday?

Tom Aspinall will have an entire nation in his corner Saturday when he faces Russian Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC London Saturday night.

The No. 11 Aspinall comes in as the underdog but has impressively finished his last four fights. The No. 6 Volkov has won three of his last four fights.

The weigh-ins felt like a pay-per-view event atmosphere. Great spirit shown by the U.K. fans.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card. But first, a message from Dana White.

MAIN CARD (4PM ET/1PM PT)

JAI HERBERT (11-3-0) VS. #15 ILIA TOPURI (11-0-0)

Andrews: Topuri îs a featherweight who is taking this lightweight fight on short notice. Herbert towers at 6-1 and will have a 6-inch height advantage along with the reach. Can Herbert keep the fight standing or can Topuri drag the fight to the ground? I think Topuri gets the tap in his opponent’s hometown.

Andrews Prediction: Ilia Topuri via submission

 MOLLY MCCANN (11-4-0) VS. LUANA CAROLINA (8-2-0)

Andrews: Neither of these fighters are finishers. McCann is the hometown hero but is she ready for the sneaky takedown. Close fight, but I think Molly gets the split decision.

Andrews Prediction: Molly McCann via SD

GUNNAR NELSON (17-5-1) VS. TAKASHI SATO (16-4-0)

Andrews: Sato is taking the fight on short notice and hasn’t fought in a year. Nelson hasn’t fought since September 2019 and has lost three of his last four fights, albeit to top competition. I still have to give Nelson the advantage to get the tap.

Andrews Prediction: Gunnar Nelson via submission

PADDY PIMBLETT (17-3-0) VS. RODRIGO VARGAS (12-4-0)

Andrews: Paddy was the Maddy in the preamble but on Saturday night, I expect him to return to form via The Baddy.

Andrews Prediction: Paddy Pimblett via submission

ARNOLD ALLEN (17-1-0) VS. DAN HOOKER (21-11-0)

Andrews: Allen shows Hooker that going down to 145 is no different than what happened to him at 155.

Andrews Prediction: Arnold Allen via UD

MAIN EVENT

ALEXANDER VOLKOV (34-9-0) VS. TOM ASPINALL (11-2-0)

Andrews: Aspinall is on fire, but I think Volkov has enough starch left to put out the fire with a big TKO.

Andrews Prediction: Alexander Volkov via TKO

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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