UFC Vegas 19 Odds, Fight Picks: Heavy Hitter Tom Aspinall a Safe Bet to Carry On Win Streak
Andre Arlovski is 42 years of age and riding his best win streak in three years ahead of his meeting with Britain’s Tom Aspinall, considered one of his country’s biggest MMA prospects at present.
A victory over “The Pitbull” would be guaranteed to elevate his reputation to a higher level, even in Arlovski’s advanced years, though Aspinall does so as a -240 moneyline frontrunner with Pointsbet bonus offer, and for good reason.
Prediction: Aspinall via KO/TKO (-105) in Rd 3 (+900)
The 27-year-old has back-to-back first-round TKOs in his first two UFC fights, comprising a little more than two minutes of actual octagon action in those bouts. The first of those was particularly dominant, a 45-second finish of Jake Collier that showcased his hand speed to its fullest:
It’s that speed that truly sets Aspinall apart, particularly when taking on an aged Arlovski whose best days after far behind. Yes, decision wins over Philipe Lins and Tanner Boser last year showed he can still compete at this level, but Aspinall is another challenge altogether.
Arlovski’s intellect and experience may help him survive the initial barrage, but it seems a matter of “when” and not “if” Aspinall—who also boasts a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu—gets the finish.