After a really solid card in Long Island, NY, the UFC is returning to London for the second time this year. The company has been doing a spectacular job of catering to British fans and stacking those cards with hometown heroes. This one will see the likes of Paddy Pimblett, Molly McCann, and Tom Aspinall take the next step in their career in front of a friendly crowd.
For some insight and information on the card, and to find out who we’re betting on this weekend, watch this week’s episode of Pickin’ Fights on YouTube:
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Even the casuals know Paddy and Molly. They’ve become iconic. Being that they’re from Liverpool (a scouser is someone who hails from the city) it makes perfect sense that they’d be on the UK cards. They’re entertaining and get a massive pop from the hometown fans.
Saturday, Molly McCann has a somewhat favorable matchup. On the other hand, Paddy faces a legitimate test in a fella named Jordan Leavitt. Leavitt has also been slowly climbing the lightweight rankings, using what many of Paddy’s prior opponents didn’t possess: solid jiu jitsu. He and Paddy favor the submission-centric grappling. What most people really know Leavitt for though, even moreso than his ability to snatch a limb, is his post fight “dancing”:
Will Paddy prevent the twerk? This is a hot fight that we tried to figure out at the 35 minute mark on today’s episode.
Tom Aspinall takes on Curtis Blaydes in the main event. We coined his new name “Do It All” Aspinall today, because while Curtis Blaydes can wrestle so well, the UK’s Aspinall is a true mixed martial artist. He’s got wildly heavy hands and a solid ground game. Whoever wins this one is bound to be fighting for the strap soon. Many have been saying Tom Aspinall is a future champion.
To find out who we’re taking in this weekend’s main event, skip to the 53 minute mark in our episode.
The rest of the card is absolutely stacked; you can hear our excitement.