Block Six: Aspinall v Tybura preview


Aspinall v Tybura

Tom Aspinall makes his long-awaited return to the octagon this weekend, as the UFC returns to London's O2 Arena.

Aspinall, who put the heavyweight division on notice with an impressive organisational debut on Fight Island, saw his rise to prominence cruelly halted, with a dislocated knee bringing a stop to his previous contest in England's capital.

The towering Mancunian will look to put that first round defeat to Curtis Blaydes behind him on Saturday, when he comes face to face with Poland's Marcin Tybura.

Aspinall opens as a huge -440 favourite, and a strong performance from the homegrown fighter here will see him enter the Heavyweight Championship conversation.

McCann v Stoliarenko

Another Brit looking to avenge a recent defeat is Molly McCann, who competes against Lithuania's Julija Stoliarenko in the evening's co-main event.

McCann's defeat to Erin Blanchfield last time out would have been a humbling experience for the Liverpool-born Flyweight. Having entered the fight against Blanchfield on a 3-fight win streak, including consecutive spinning elbow KOs, McCann succumbed to a first round submission.

On her return to London, McCann will be confident of returning to the win column against Stoliarenko, who is 1-5 in the UFC.

Craig v Muniz

Scotland's Paul Craig is another British fighter looking to resurrect his career this weekend. The Light Heavyweight has suffered three defeats in his last four fights - most recently to Johnny Walker in January.

Craig's opponent on Saturday, Andre Muniz, is enjoying a contrasting career trajectory, having suffered just one defeat in six previous fights with the UFC promotion.

The bookmakers make a Muniz submission victory the most likely outcome for this duel, but Craig will have other ideas.

Murphy v Culibao

Blockasset athlete Lerone Murphy opens the main card with an intriguing battle against Australia's Josh Culibao.

'The Miracle' Murphy still boasts an unblemished fight record, with a contentious draw against Zubaira Tukhugov, and this could prove to be the biggest threat to his unbeaten status yet.

The sportsbooks expect this one to go the distance, with Murphy just edging Culibao as the preferred pick.


In the prelims, this week's featured fights include Marc Diakese's lightweight bout against Joel Alvarez, and Shauna Bannon's momentous challenge against Blockasset athlete Bruna Brazil.

Take your free shot at our $25,000 Block Six prize pool now!


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