- Alexander Volkov has opened as the -146 betting favorite against Tom Aspinall.
- The undefeated Aspinall will be the betting underdog for the first time in his UFC career.
- Volkov and Aspinall will headline the UFC’s return to London on March 19th at the O2 Arena.
Alexander Volkov has opened as the slight betting favorite against Tom Aspinall in the UFC London headliner.
According to the best UFC sportsbooks, Drago is the -146 odds on favorite to beat Aspinall who came back at +124 when the odds for the bout first went live.
UFC Fight Night 204 Opening Odds:
— FightOdds.io (@FightOdds_io) January 21, 2022
Volkov and Aspinall will headline the UFC’s return to London on March 19th at the O2 Arena.
Volkov Outstrikes Tybura
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 30, 2021
Volkov bounced back from a loss to current interim heavyweight champion Cyril Gane by outstriking Marcin Tybura at UFC 267 last October 30, 2021. The loss snapped a five-fight winning streak for Tybura who had knocked out Walt Harris and Alistair Overeem in consecutive Performance of the Night winners.
The 33-year old Volkov joined the UFC in 2016 after making one successful defense of the M-1 Global heavyweight championship. Drago won his first four UFC bouts and looked on his way to a title shot when he was stunned by Derrick Lewis at UFC 229. He has a record of 34-9 with 22 knockouts and three submission victories.
This marks the 4th time in his last five bouts where Volkov has seen the minus money sign next to his name. The last time that Drago was the underdog was when he fought Gane at +140 odds. Volkov was also the +320 bottom dog when he lost to Curtis Blaydes on June 20, 2020.
Aspinall Finishes Spivak in The First Round
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) September 4, 2021
Aspinall is undefeated inside the UFC Octagon. The UFC’s 10th ranked heavyweight is 4-0 under the promotion and has won seven consecutive bouts overall. In his last bout, Aspinall finished Sergey Spivak in the first round of their UFC Vegas 36 encounter last September 4th. That victory earned Aspinall his third Performance of the Night honors in four UFC outings.
The 28-year old from Manchester, England opened his MMA career at British promotions BAMMA, Full Contact Contender, and Cage Warriors before joining the UFC in 2020. His last seven wins have come via stoppage and overall, he has a record of 11-2 with 9 knockouts and two submission wins.
This marks the first time in five UFC bouts where Aspinall will see the plus money sign next to his name. In his previous four UFC fights, Aspinall had never closed at odds longer than -225. His shortest UFC odds were at -600 when he defeated Alan Baudot at UFC on ESPN+37.