The big guys will headline the card as we witness one of the biggest events the heavyweight division has seen in the past few months with one of the brightest up-and-coming talents taking on a veteran looking to get into title contention once more as Alexander Volkov meets Tom Aspinall.
Aspinall is fighting in his fifth UFC fight after dismantling Jake Collier, Alan Baudot, Andrei Arlovski, and Sergey Spivak inside the first two rounds. Arlovski has been the only man to go into the second round with the Brit, as he was submitted by a rear-naked choke, with the other three men being taken out by a sensational array of striking ability you'd expect from a middleweight inside round one.
Aspinall has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and has been a practitioner in this discipline since he was a child, and standing at 6ft 5 with a background in boxing, the Wigan man is part of this new wave of heavyweights we're seeing who move like smaller men but with an exceptional amount of mixed martial arts ability.
Volkov, however, has been excelling as a rangy fighter with incredible striking talent way before Aspinall hit the scene. What will give Aspinall great confidence, however, is Volkov's loss to Ciryl Gane two fights ago. The Frenchman was able to pick apart the Russian for five rounds and comfortably beat him in every five-minute battle. However, the front kick of Volkov and his range could be of great concern for Aspinall, and his TKO over Walt Harris is great evidence of how much this weapon can be utilised for him.
Aspinall's kicking game, as well, isn't as strong as his hand movement, but with the chance to takedown a BJJ purple belt focused on karate, the rising star can really shine in this fight. Moreover, his hand speed will be greatly superior too, and his fresh yet pivotal wrestling game will be very important if this fight goes past two rounds in order to start racking up the points on the scorecards.
It's going to be a close one, but Aspinall seems to have much more in the locker.