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UFC 295 Main Card Preview & Betting Picks

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UFC 295 is shaping up to be a massive night at Madison Square Garden, with both the light heavyweight and interim heavyweight titles on the line. We’ve previewed what promises to be a thrilling evening of entertainment, picking out our best bets from the latest UFC odds.

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Jiří Procházka vs Alex Pereira Preview

Let’s start with the main event. After Jamahal Hill relinquished his light heavyweight title following an achilles injury, we are guaranteed ‘and new’ on Saturday night. But will it be the samurai-inspired Jiri or the tribal bloodline Poatan?

Pereira’s first UFC fight at 205 was a split-decision victory over Jan Blachowicz. Jiri is arguably an even tougher test. The pair both stand at 6’4”, but the Czechian Jiri has a naturally larger frame and he will no doubt look the bigger man in the octagon.

The scary thing about Jiri is he can go blow-to-blow with the power puncher Pereira. 25 of Jiri’s 29 victories have come via KO/TKO. While it will be a great match-up on the feet, Prochazka has the advantage if things go to the ground. He has three submission wins to his name, including a win via rear-naked choke in his latest outing against UFC veteran Glover Teixeira.

You’d have to give the boxing advantage to the Brazilian, but keeping it on the feet is easier said than done against a physically imposing Jiri. We can see the Czechian utilising his ground game and coming away with an early sub.

Best Bets

Jiří Procházka to win @ 2.00

Under 1.5 rounds @ 2.23

Sergei Pavlovich vs Tom Aspinall Preview

The co-main sees Britain’s Tom Aspinall take on Russian Sergei Pavlovich for the interim heavyweight title. The winner of this will be set for the biggest fight of their life against UFC hall-of-famer Jon Jones in 2024.

We’ve got to side with Aspinall in this one. His rise to the top of the UFC heavyweight division has been nothing short of remarkable. His only UFC defeat to date remains the freak loss against Curtis Blaydes in front of his home crowd, when his knee gave way just seconds into the fight.

We get the feeling Aspinall won’t want to stay on the feet with Pavlovich for too long. The Russian has won his previous six fights by KO/TKO. If Aspinall can avoid the early onslaught, he could well take this to the ground and dominate.

He is one of the fastest heavyweights in the UFC and has an impressive top game, supplemented by an arsenal of submissions. It is the biggest fight of the Salford-born Aspinall’s career, and we’re backing him to come through with flying colours.

Best Bets

Tom Aspinall to win via submission @ 4.80

Over 1.5 rounds @ 2.62

*Odds subject to change.

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