See our picks for London’s big shifts

The UFC is back in London just four months after their highly successful event there in March, and heavyweights are at the top of the lineup.

UFC Fight Night 208 takes place on Saturday at The O2 in London. The card is streaming on ESPN+.

(Click here to open the Personnel Selection Network PDF file in a separate window.)

In the main event, Curtis Blaydes (16-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) takes on Tom Aspinall (12-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) at heavyweight. Aspinal, from England, is a slightly favorite at -145 in Tipico Sportsbook. Blaydes’ return is +115. But the eleven editors, writers, radio hosts, and videographers often see it another way. Blaydes has a big 9-2 advantage in the shots.

In the middleweight combined advantage, Jack Hermanson (22-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) meets short-notice substitute Chris Curtis (29-8 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who stepped in for injured Darren Till. The fight is almost a betting window pick, but Curtis with a 7-4 edge is our staff.

Also on the main card, rising British superstar Paddy Pemblett (18-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) battles Jordan Levitt (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the lightweight. Pimblett is the favorite -270 and has a big lead 9-2 picks.

Three-time light heavyweight title contender Alexander Gustafsson (18-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) is back in the division after one heavyweight fight period in 2020. He’s below +160 in front of -210 favorite Nikita Krylov (27) – 9 MMA, 8-7 UFC). But despite the odds in Krylov’s favour, Gustafsson is a near unanimous pick at 10-1.

Our only unanimous pick for the main card is another British fan favorite, Pemblett teammate Molly McCann (12-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC). It’s the main card’s biggest favorite at -420 for the women’s flyweight match against Hannah Goldy (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC), and has a close in picks at 11-0.

To open the main card, Paul Craig (16-4-1 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC) faces former light heavyweight title contender Volkan Oezdemir (17-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC), who is the -155 favorite. But despite this, the +120 unfiltered Craig has a big 9-2 lead in the shots.

In MMA reader Junkie’s consensus choices, Aspinal (65 percent), Curtis (60 percent), Pemblet (76 percent), Gustafson (63 percent), McCann (83 percent) and Craig (69 percent) are the choices.

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For more information on the card, visit the MMA Junkie Event Center for UFC Fight Night 208.

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