Curtis Blaydes vs Alexander Volkov – UFC On ESPN Betting Tips - Prediction

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Curtis Blaydes vs Alexander Volkov – UFC On ESPN- The American Curtis Blaydes faces the former Bellator champion Alexander Volkov.

Curtis Blaydes vs Alexander Volkov –Curtis Blaydes counts with 13 victories and 2 losses on his professional record, with 10 victories by KO/TKO and 3 by decision.

Blaydes got into the UFC still being very inexperienced, with only 5 bouts on his career. However, since then, he made it clear that he would be at the top of the heavyweight category for a long time.

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He counts with victories against names such as Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem or Junior dos Santos, with his only two losses both coming to the (heavy) hands of Francis Ngannou, and that certainly isn’t embarrassing at all.

Blaydes doesn’t hide what is his intention in fights: using his restless wrestling to take the fight to the ground and there look for the finish by TKO with his fierce ground and pound.

He is capable of dominating his opponents on the ground through the control of dominant positions and winning by points like he did against Hunt or Willis, but when his opponents give him the slightest of opportunities, Blaydes finishes his fights in an absolutely brutal fashion.

His elbows on the ground are his preferred method, just like Cody East or Abdhurakimov can attest, but the victory he got through that method against Overeem was particularly violent and almost scary.

His last fight, against the former champion Junior dos Santos, saw Blaydes showcasing the continued development on his boxing while standing up game. During that fight, Blaydes showed full confidence in trading against JDS, a typical MMA Boxer, and eventually managed to get the TKO, this time not on the ground.

Volkov has 38 fights throughout his career, with 31 victories and 7 losses. He counts with 20 victories by KO/TKO, 8 by decision and only 3 by submission.

Despite being more experienced than his opponent, the quality of the opposition throughout his career is a bit more doubtful, with his biggest victories being against opponents already on the descending stages of their careers.

Still, victories over Werdum, Roy Nelson or Stefan Struve are good on any resume. On his last fight, he fought against the very inexperienced Greg Hardy, having won by decision, in an unquestionable way, despite not being very impressive.

Volkov is looking to maintain his fights away from the ground and, making use of his 2 meters of height, maintain the opponents at range, with precise jabs and occasional combinations.

The takedown defence is one of the weak points of their game and he has been put on his back by opponents such as Werdum or Tim Johnson with ease.

This fight will see a fighter wanting to take the fighter to the ground and another one trying to maintain it away from it at all costs.

However, Blaydes seems to be able to impose his style against almost all of his opponents (with the only exception being Ngannou) and on the other hand Volkov shows difficulties to counter that sort of style.

This should result on a fight that Blaydes will take to the ground with relative ease, and now the only doubt is if he will be able to finish Volkov or not.

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Curtis Blaydes vs Alexander Volkov – Betting Tips:

If Blaydes is unable to take the fight to his realm, I think the evolution on his striking game while standing up, his athletic ability and aggressiveness will be too much for a Volkov that should always be in defensive mode, considering the threat of the takedowns.
I don’t usually bet on odds this low, but in this case, I don’t see any way for Volkov to win.

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