The Fight Analyst is coming off of yet another profitable night going 2-1. That brings his total to 11-4 over the last 5 weeks of fights. The UFC is back in London, check out who he’s betting on this week!
The UFC returns to London, England for the first time since 2019, and fight fans couldn’t be more excited. The atmosphere that surrounds a London fight card is incredible and I expect no less come Saturday.
In the main event, we have two top-ranked heavyweights battling it out in a fight between the surging prospect Tom Aspinall and a main-stay in the top-10 Alexander Volkov. We also get to see the return to the featherweight division for Dan Hooker as he takes on rising contender Arnold Allen in a co-main event clash.
You also can’t forget about the fan favorites on the card like Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann that should get the O2 Arena rocking. With that said, let’s dive into the Best 3 Bets for UFC London.
Molly McCann vs. Luana Carolina
|The Fight Analysts’s Pick|
|Molly McCann -140 to win|
Hometown favorite Molly McCann is back in action taking on Luana Carolina which should be a closely contested fight throughout.
McCann is like a ball of fury, she presses forward, puts on a hectic pace, and brings the fight to her opponents. She makes up her lack of size with strength and tenacity which should help overcome the size discrepancy she faces in this matchup with Carolina.
Carolina has put together a nice 3-1 record in her time in the UFC. She is a long-range striker that likes to keep her opponents at the end of her reach. That is something she needs to do or else McCann might have a field day with her.
McCann will be undersized but we know going in she will be the one pressing forward, being the aggressor and landing takedowns. She has only struggled against grapplers in her three losses so this fight is right in her wheelhouse. McCann overwhelms Carolina with volume and work rate for 15 minutes and gets the hometown decision.
|Molly McCann +115 by Decision|
Timur Valiev vs. Jack Shore
|The Fight Analyst’s Pick|
|Timur Valiev -120 to win|
Timur Valiev vs. Jack Shore is one of the more underrated fights on the fight in the bantamweight division.
There was a lot of hype surrounding both of these fighters coming into their debuts. Valiev was a product of the World Series of Fighting and Professional Fighters League. He is an excellent striker that utilizes a ton of movement and combinations to stifle his opponents. He will need to keep this fight at distance and at range to get the job done.
Shore has been a rising prospect ever since stepping foot inside the UFC octagon. His grappling prowess is on an elite level in the bantamweight division. His path to victory is to get in close, drag this to the mat where he does his best work.
This should be a close competitive fight throughout. With that said, I expect Valiev to cause a lot of trouble on the feet for Shore. He also has some underrated grappling training under well-respected Ricardo Almeida. Valiev will be able to get up if taken down and out-strike Shore to a unanimous decision victory, giving him his first professional loss.
|Timur Valiev +129 by Decision|
Paul Craig vs. Nikita Krylov
|The Fight Analyst’s Pick|
|Paul Craig +157 to win|
We have a barn burner of a fight in the light heavyweight division between Paul Craig and Nikita Krylov.
Craig looks to be in the best form of his professional career. He is currently riding a 3-fight winning streak (should be a 5-fight winning streak) with a finish in all 3. His ability to finish fights will have to come in handy against a mainstay in the top-10 Krylov.
Krylov is as well-rounded as they come in the light heavyweight division. He is a karate based striker that utilizes his kicks to keep his opponents at a distance. The only drawback is that he tends to engage in grappling even when knowing he is winning the fight on the fight. This could spell trouble for him in this matchup with Craig.
Krylov will need to make Craig work for the takedowns all while not gassing himself out in the process. Ultimately, that is easier said than done as Krylov has been taken down in 7 of his last 8 fights. Craig will get this to the mat and eventually get the tap to keep his winning streak alive.
|Paul Craig +275 by Submission|