Curtis Blaydes reacts after defeating Alistair Overeem. Dylan Buell/Getty Pictures/AFP

The Final Combating Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this weekend we’re getting what ought to be an entertaining struggle between Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov. Right here’s an entire preview, together with up to date odds and our betting choose.

Curtis Blaydes vs. Alexander Volkov

Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 11:57 PM EDT

Opening Line: Curtis Blaydes -280 at 5Dimes

In the primary occasion of the night, Curtis Blaydes takes on Alexander Volkov. UFC Struggle Evening: Blaydes vs. Volkov takes place on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. There is not going to be followers in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With loads of betting traces and markets at the moment obtainable, let’s try to seek out some worth for our UFC picks on this weekend’s foremost occasion.

Curtis Blaydes. Tim Warner/Getty Pictures/AFP

Curtis Blaydes

Introduction, Background & UFC Profession

Curtis Blaydes is a JUCO nationwide champion wrestler out of Harper School in Illinois and he’s already made a mark in UFC’s heavyweight division Blaydes has three straight victories over Justin Willis, Shamil Abdurakhimov and former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. The one two losses of his profession have been towards Francis Ngannou and he appears destined to win UFC gold in the future.

Blaydes’ resume is extraordinarily spectacular. He beat former DREAM, Strikeforce and Ok-1 world champion Alistair Overeem (who’s now his coaching companion) at UFC 225 on June ninth, 2018. He additionally has wins towards veterans Mark Hunt and Alexey Oleynik.

Alongside together with his wonderful wrestling acumen, Blaydes’ devastating ground-and-pound permits him to complete struggle from the highest. Blaydes is 8-2-1 within the UFC and whereas he’s simply 29 years outdated, he’s already a confirmed veteran contained in the cage and he can beat anybody.

Born: February 18th, 1991

Age: 29

Nation: United States

Top: 6’4″

Weight: 255 lbs

Attain: 80″

Stance: Orthodox

Affiliation: Elevation Struggle Crew

Class: Heavyweight

Document: 13-2-1


Methodology of Victory Vital Strikes Takedowns
10 wins by KO/TKO 3.74 Landed 55% Accuracy
zero wins by Submission 1.86 Absorbed 25% Defended
Three wins by Choice  

Octagon Strengths

  • He is a superb wrestler with knockout energy
  • Hits as onerous as any heavyweight
  • Second-most takedowns in heavyweight division historical past

Octagon Weaknesses

Alexander Volkov. Ethan Miller/Getty Pictures/AFP

Alexander Volkov

Introduction, Background & UFC Profession

Alexander Volkov is a former M-1 World and Bellator heavyweight champion from Moscow, Russia. An expert since 2009, Volkov involves this struggle with loads of expertise and an honest 5-1 file since becoming a member of the UFC in 2016. Volkov has a Tsu Shin Gen background that helps him use numerous hanging strategies that not many heavyweight fighters know.

Volkov additionally has a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt however his three wins by submission inform us that he doesn’t use these expertise a lot throughout his matches. He has been engaged on his wrestling although and he has to maintain this struggle on the ft.

Born: October 24th, 1988

Age: 31

Nation: Russia

Top: 6’7″

Weight: 240 lbs

Attain: 80″

Stance: Orthodox

Affiliation: Strela Crew

Class: Heavyweight

Document: 31-7


Methodology of Victory Vital Strikes Takedowns
20 wins by KO/TKO 5.36 Landed 75% Accuracy
Three wins by Submission 2.48 Absorbed 76% Defended
Eight wins by Choice  

Octagon Strengths

  • Expertise
  • Harmful with kicks
  • Glorious Footwork

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Protection towards a potent grappling offense
  • His chin will not be bulletproof


As skilled as Volkov is, he’s by no means confronted somebody with high-level wrestling expertise like Blaydes. Volkov will not be a pushover however it’s onerous to see a path to victory for him. Blaydes is a tricky particular person, as seen in his first struggle with Ngannou.

Curtis Blaydes may cause issues to Alexander Volkov together with his grappling offense, identical to Pat Bennett, Tony Johnson and Cheick Kongo did. Even Fabricio Werdum’s grappling was troublesome for him till he was in a position to KO him within the fourth spherical at UFC Struggle Evening 127 on March 17th, 2018.

Blaydes is a superb wrestler with knockout energy and Volkov’s 5-1 file within the UFC is hard, with wins towards Timothy Johnson, Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve, Fabricio Werdum previous his prime and Greg Hardy.

Blaydes’ prowess in wrestling will result in a victory. I can’t take Blayes at -400 UFC odds in this struggle however I like him to win inside the space. I can’t see Volkov lasting 5 rounds. Blaydes by TKO is a lean for me as properly.

UFC Choose: Blaydes wins inside the space -215 at 5Dimes