Ariel Epstein is joined by Kevin Iole to preview the upcoming UFC Fight Night main event.
ARIEL EPSTEIN: Welcome to Yahoo Sports. Alongside Yahoo columnist Kevin Iole, I'm Ariel Epstein. We're going to talk about UFC Fight Night coming up this Saturday night out there in London, England.
Kevin, the odds are set, and it's the main event. It's a heavyweight bout. Tom Aspinall is minus 135 as the favorite up against the dog, Curtis Blaydes, at plus 110. How are you going to be betting the main event?
KEVIN IOLE: Well, Ariel, I'll tell you what, this is an interesting fight, because in every UFC prospect's career, they have to fight that big, burly wrestler to prove that they are championship-worthy, and Curtis Blaydes is that big, burly wrestler for Tom Aspinall. Aspinall has been on an unbelievable tear. His striking has been good. He's a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, so it will be fascinating if it gets to the ground.
I think it probably won't get to the ground because of that. Blaydes, being the wrestler, could take it down, if he wanted. But then he's risking going into Aspinall's territory with that jiu-jitsu. A lot of times, when you have wrestlers fighting each other or a wrestler and a jiu-jitsu fighter, you end up seeing a stand-up fight, and I think that's what we'll see here.
I like Aspinall to win this, so I will go ahead and lay the money and play Aspinall to win. I also don't think it's going to be a finish. They're going over five rounds. And they're two big guys. When you have heavyweights, anything can happen. But I think it's going the whole five rounds, so I'm going to make two plays on this-- Aspinall to win and also have the fight go to a decision.
ARIEL EPSTEIN: Kevin Iole. Make sure to check him out all over the Yahoo Sports platforms. Good luck with your bets. And thanks for joining us.
KEVIN IOLE: Thanks, Ariel.
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