Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC On ESPN+ 66: Blaydes vs. Aspinall, emanating from The O2 Arena in London, England.
The Octagon is back in London for the second time in a span of four months with another heavyweight main event and a stacked card overall with a bunch of English fighters looking to score big wins in front of a raucous crowd.
In the main event, it is a battle of heavyweight contenders looking to get a title shot as Curtis Blaydes takes on Tom Aspinall. Blaydes is coming in having won his last two fights, including a second-round knockout of Chris Daukaus in his last fight in March. Aspinall is headlining his second straight London show as he's looking to extend an eight-fight win streak. He scored a first-round submission of Alexander Volkov in the headliner of the last London card in March.
In the co-main event, it is a middleweight battle as Jack Hermansson looks to get back into the win column against late replacement Chris Curtis, who has emerged as one of the best stories on the UFC roster over the last year. Curtis replaced Darren Till in this fight, taking it on about three weeks' notice, and is looking to improve to 4-0 inside the Octagon.
Also on the main card is a lightweight battle between rising British superstar Paddy Pimblett and Jordan Leavitt, as well as a pair of light heavyweight fights as Nikita Krylov welcomes former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson back to the division, and Paul Craig takes on Volkan Oezdemir.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Welterweights- Claudio Silva (14-3, 5-2 UFC) vs. Nicolas Dalby (19-4-1 2 NC, 3-4-1 1 NC UFC)
They clinch up against the fence as Silva looks for the takedown. Silva scores on the takedown and passes to the half-guard and then to the full mount. Silva not doing much from the top. Silva lands some punches as Dalby is trying to get out from the bottom. Dalby with some body punches from the bottom. Silva trying to get the back as he has an arm trapped. Silva with some punches from the top. Silva gets back to the half-guard and pressures and lands. 10-9 Silva.
Silva with a body kick and they trade punches. Dalby lands a nice leg kick then Silva gets a big takedown. They get to their feet but Silva has the back and the body triangle as he drags it back down. Silva trying to find a choke but Dalby defending. Dalby is able to turn into the guard of Silva. Dalby with some right hands from the top. He's landing some short left hands. They get to their feet and Silva tries a desperate takedown but fails. Silva is gassed. Dalby lands some punches and defends a takedown attempt from Silva. Dalby lands a right hand. Dalby with a left hook. Dalby with a quick flurry. Dalby with some knees against the fence. He lands some more. They break and Dalby with a big right hand. Dalby with a head kick. 10-9 Dalby, 19-19.
Dalby landing the jab to start the third. Silva tries for a takedown but Dalby reverses ad is in the guard of Silva. Dalby with some elbows from the top. Dalby still landing from the top as Silva is trying to throw his legs up but seems to be more holding on than anything. They get to their feet. Silva lands a body kick. Dalby lands a combo. Dalby lands a left hand. Silva gets a takedown. Dalby looking for an omaplata as he's escaping from the bottom but Silva retains top position. Silva lands a couple of right hands but they scramble up. Close last round. 10-9 Dalby, 29-28 Dalby.
Official Result- Nicolas Dalby def. Claudio Silva by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
> Women's Flyweights- Mandy Bohm (7-1 1 NC, 0-1 UFC) vs. Victoria Leonardo (8-4, 0-2 UFC)
Leonardo lands some punches and they clinch. Leonardo with some knees as she has the body lock. They switch positions. They switch again and Leonardo with some short knees then they separate. They trade punches and kicks but neither landing with a lot of volume. Leonardo gets the takedown. They get up and Leonardo has it pressed against the fence at the end of the round. 10-9 Leonardo.
Leonardo with a right hand. They trade punches and Leonardo grabs the body looking for the takedown but Bohm keeps it on the feet. They're battling for position in the clinch and Bohm lands an elbow. They remain tied up and Leonardo lands some knees and Bohm with an elbow as they break. Leonardo with a jab. They trade punches. Leonardo lands a combo then a right hand. They tie up against the fence. They trade knees. They're separated by the referee. Leonardo lands a combo. Leonardo lands a right hand. They clinch at the end. 10-9 Leonardo, 20-18 Leonardo.
They trade in a quick flurry to start the third. They clinch against the fence and both battling for underhooks and looking for position. Leonardo with the knees and they break. Leonardo lands a combo. Leonardo with a side kick. Bohm lands an elbow as they tie up and Leonardo lands to the body before breaking. They clinch against the fence as Leonardo went for a takedown. They trade knees and Leonardo gets the takedown. Leonardo lands from the top. 10-9 Leonardo, 30-27 Leonardo.
Official Result- Victoria Leonardo def. Mandy Bohm by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Lightweights- Jai Herbert (11-4, 1-3 UFC) vs. Kyle Nelson (13-4, 1-3 UFC)
They trade kicks then trade punches to get things started. Nelson with a body kick then a calf kick. Nelson with a leg kick. Herbert with a body kick but Nelson grabs the leg and pushes it against the fence looking for the takedown. They remain tied up against the fence. Herbert reverses position and lands some knees but Nelson lands a big elbow. Herbert with some knees as they remain clinched against the fence. They break and Nelson with a body kick. Nelson with a leg kick. 10-9 Nelson.
Herbert with the jab and Nelson with a leg kick. They trade kicks. They trade hard leg kicks. They continue to trade kicks. They clinch against the fence. They both battle for position as both land some shots. Nelson lands an elbow. Herbert with a knee. He lands a couple more knees. They break and Nelson with a body kick. They trade punches. They clinch at the end. Close round. 10-9 Nelson, 20-18 Nelson.
They trade to start the third and Herbert gets the takedown. Herbert working from the top. Herbert landing punches from the top. They get to their feet and remain clinched against the fence. They battle for the underhooks. They trade at the end. Close fight. 10-9 Herbert, 29-28 Nelson.
Official Result- Jai Herbert def. Kyle Nelson by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Flyweights- Muhammad Mokaev (6-0 1 NC, 1-0 UFC) vs. Charles Johnson (11-2, 0-0 UFC)
Mokaev pressing forward and landing early and Johnson slips. Mokaev with a leg kick. Mokaev gets a brief takedown but they pop up and Mokaev still has the back near the fence. Mokaev gets a slam but they pop up and Mokaev still has the back. Mokaev gets another takedown but they pop up and Mokaev is still trying for the takedown and Johnson is wearing down from defending. 10-9 Mokaev.
They trade kicks and Mokaev misses a spinning back fist. Mokaev shoots for a takedown against the fence. Mokaev gets it and Johnson lands some elbows to the body from the bottom. They get up and Mokaev ends up getting the back on the feet and drags it back down. Mokaev working from the top and transitioning positions but is in the guard of Johnson. Mokaev in side control and he stands and gets back in the guard while Johnson was throwing upkicks. 10-9 Mokaev, 20-18 Mokaev.
Johnson with a leg kick. Johnson with a body kick and Mokaev gets it down briefly but they stand and Mokaev still working for the takedown. They stand and Mokaev has the back. Mokaev gets it back down but they stand and Mokaev lands a German suplex but they get back up and Mokaev still has the back. Mokaev still working for the takedown against the fence. He gets it near the end. 10-9 Mokaev, 30-27 Mokaev.
Official Result- Muhammad Mokaev def. Charles Johnson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Featherweights- Makwan Amirkhani (17-7, 7-5 UFC) vs. Jonathan Pearce (12-4, 3-1 UFC)
They trade leg kicks early. Amirkhani shoots for the takedown and Pearce defends with elbows and Amirkhani is still looking for it. Pearce landing lots of elbows and Amirkhani is cut open. Amirkhani gets the takedown. They get up and Amirkhani drags it back down. They get up and again Amirkhani drags it back down as he has the back. Pearce with some back elbows. Pearce is now on top but Amirkhani has the neck. They get up and trade punches. Amirkhani gets a takedown but Pearce has the arm and they scramble up. Pearce lands some more elbows. More elbows to the side of the head by Pearce. 10-9 Pearce.
Pearce with some body kicks to start the second. Amirkhani lands a solid right hand. Amirkhani with a couple of right hooks and an uppercut and Pearce lands a big right hand and scores a takedown. They scramble and Pearce grabs the fence intentionally and it helped him stay on top. Pearce landing knees to the body and punches and elbows to the head. They get to their feet. Pearce gets a takedown and is landing punches and elbows from the top. Pearce landing more shots and is looking for the finish. Pearce keeps landing and it is stopped. Big win for Pearce as he gets the stoppage.
Official Result- Jonathan Pearce def. Makwan Amirkhani by TKO (punches) at 4:10 of Round 2
> Featherweights- Nathaniel Wood (17-5, 4-2 UFC) vs. Charles Rosa (14-7, 5-7 UFC)
Rosa with a leg kick that Wood checks. Wood with a combo and ends with a nice right hand. Wood with a calf kick then a combo. Wood with a right hand and Rosa grabs the single leg looking for the takedown. Rosa with a body kick. Rosa with a leg kick. Wood lands a right hand. Wood with a calf kick and Rosa slips and rolls backwards. Wood with some big combinations and he's landing cleanly on Rosa. Wood landing some nice calf kicks. They clinch and Rosa lands a groin strike and we have a timeout. They get back to action and trade leg kicks. Rosa gets a takedown and is on top but not doing much. Rosa looking for the neck and a D'Arce choke but Wood escapes and Rosa lands an elbow at the end. 10-9 Wood.
Rosa lands a high kick and some leg kicks as Wood is pressuring. Wood with a left hook. They trade and Wood is landing more punches and lands some nice calf kicks and Rosa goes down for a moment but gets up. Wood lands a combo then another calf kick which makes Rosa fall to the mat. Wood with a left hook. Wood lands the jab. Rosa lands a left hand. Rosa with a leg kick but Wood ends up tripping him down for the takedown but lets Rosa get up. Wood lands more punches and kicks at the end of the second. 10-9 Wood, 20-18 Wood.
Rosa with a leg kick and Wood lands a right hand and Rosa tries to pull guard. Wood lands a leg kick and Rosa slips to the mat but gets up. Rosa tries a takedown but Wood defends. They're trading punches and Wood lands another leg kick that causes Rosa to fall to the mat. He gets up. They're in close and Rosa lands some knees as Wood lands a sharp elbow. Rosa with a leg kick. Wood with a leg kick and Rosa goes down and tries for a takedown at the same time. Wood gets to his feet and lets Rosa up. Wood with a leg kick and Rosa falls down and gets up. Wood with a right hand. Rosa tries for a takedown and gets it but the fight ends. 10-9 Wood, 30-27 Wood.
Official Result- Nathaniel Wood def. Charles Rosa by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
> Lightweights- Marc Diakiese (15-5, 6-5 UFC) vs. Damir Hadzovic (14-6, 4-4 UFC)
Diakiese gets the early takedown and is in the guard of Hadzovic. Diakiese with some body punches from the top. Diakiese is looking to set up and arm-triangle choke as he continues to land some punches from the top. Diakiese continues to land from the top as Hadzovic is able to work his way up. Diakiese drags it back down as Hadzovic looked to grab the fence to defend. Diakiese gets back on top and is landing body punches. A dominant round from Diakiese. 10-8 Diakiese.
Hadzovic with a leg kick. Diakiese shoots for the takedown and pushes it against the fence. Diakiese gets the takedown and is in the half-guard of Hadzovic. Diakiese still working from the top. Diakiese lands a couple of left hands. They get to their feet and Diakiese has the back and trips it back down. Diakiese still working from the top but not a lot of action. They get stood up after a clash of heads and Hadzovic has a cut opened up. They get back to action and Hadzovic goes for the takedown but Diakiese defends and grabs the neck and lands some punches as they break. Diakiese with a late combo. 10-9 Diakiese, 20-17 Diakiese.
Diakiese lands a leg kick and goes for the takedown. Hadzovic defends but then Diakiese ends up scoring the takedown against the fence. Diakiese working from the top. Diakiese with body punches from the top and is doing enough to keep it on the mat but there isn't tons of action going on. They stand late and Diakiese with a cartwheel kick and late takedown. 10-9 Diakiese, 30-26 Diakiese.
Official Result- Marc Diakiese def. Damir Hadzovic by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
> Lightweights- Mason Jones (11-1 1 NC, 1-1 1 NC UFC) vs. Ludovit Klein (18-4, 2-2 UFC)
Jones with a body kick. Klein with a left hand. They clinch against the fence and Jones lands a right hand as they break. They clinch again and trade knees. They break and Klein with a left hand. Klein lands a high kick. They trade punches. Klein lands a body kick. Klein with a jumping head kick. They trade late. Fun round. 10-9 Klein.
They trade and Klein drops Jones with a combo and gets on top and is landing from the top. Klein working from the top and landing punches and they end up getting to their feet. They're clinched against the fence and Jones is landing knees and working for the takedown. They break and Klein looks for a takedown and they press up against the fence. Jones looks for the single leg but Klein lands punches. 10-9 Klein, 20-18 Klein.
They clinch against the fence but break. Klein gets a takedown and is working in the guard of Jones. Klein still working from the top and landing some body punches. Klein stands and looks to transition but goes back into the guard of Jones. Klein gets the back and looks for the hooks but they end up getting on their feet. They trade at the end. 10-9 Klein, 30-27 Klein.
Official Result- Ludovit Klein def. Mason Jones by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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> Light Heavyweights- #8 Paul Craig (16-4-1, 8-4-1 UFC) vs. #9 Volkan Oezdemir (17-6, 5-5 UFC)
They clinch up and Craig pulled guard but Oezdemir escaped and they remain clinched up against the fence. Craig tries to pull guard again and grabs the leg and looks for a kneebar and a heel hook. Craig looks to almost have it but Oezdemir escapes and they stand. They tie up and Craig pulls guard again but Oezdemir lands some left hands from the top. They end up getting to their feet. Craig looks for the takedown but Oezdemir defends and lands some elbows. Craig with a leg kick and Oezdemir lands a combo and Craig tries to pull guard but gets up. Craig keeps trying to pull guard but Oezdemir is slipping away each time. Oezdemir with a leg kick. Craig with a left hand and a head kick. 10-9 Oezdemir.
Craig tries a head kick and then again tries to pull guard but Oezdemir is staying on his feet and Craig is ordered up. Craig lands a right hand. They trade leg kicks. Craig with a spin kick and tried to pull guard again but Craig got up and is landing a flurry on Oezdemir. They get to their feet and trade right hands and leg kicks. Craig tries a takedown and they go to the mat with Oezdemir in the guard. Oezdemir stands and Craig is ordered up. Oezdemir with a leg kick. Craig with a combo. Craig with a spinning elbow and Oezdemir lands a right hand. Oezdemir with a combo and Craig goes to the mat and Oezdemir lands a shot from the top before they stand. Oezdemir lands a right hand and Craig again pulls guard. Oezdemir with some punches from the top. 10-9 Oezdemir, 20-18 Oezdemir.
They trade kicks early in the third. Oezdemir with a right hand. They trade in close range and Oezdemir hurts Craig with an uppercut. They go to the mat and Oezdemir with some punches from the top. Craig tried for an armbar but Oezdemir escapes and they stand. Oezdemir with a leg kick and they go back to the mat. They get to their feet and Oezdemir lands a left hook as Craig was getting up. They trade and Craig tries to pull guard again. They stand. Craig with a right hand. Craig lands some punches and Oezdemir tried for a takedown but Craig defended. Oezdemir lands and Craig tries to grab the leg on the mat but is ordered up. Oezdemir lands late. 10-9 Oezdemir, 30-27 Oezdemir.
Official Result- Volkan Oezdemir def. Paul Craig by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Women's Flyweights- Molly McCann (12-4, 5-3 UFC) vs. Hannah Goldy (6-2, 1-2 UFC)
McCann lands a quick combo with a right hand. Goldy lands a knee in a brief clinch followed by a right hand. McCann with an overhand right. McCann with a leg kick followed by a right hand. Goldy tries for a takedown as she pushes it against the fence. Goldy trying hard for the takedown but McCann defending well. They separate. Goldy tries again for the single leg and McCann lands a right hand. McCann lands a big right hand and a spinning elbow and is landing big shots as Goldy goes down and more punches on the mat ends it. What a finish by McCann!
Official Result- Molly McCann def. Hannah Goldy by TKO (strikes) at 3:52 of Round 1
> Light Heavyweights- #11 Nikita Krylov (27-9, 8-7 UFC) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (18-7, 10-7 UFC)
They trade and Krylov drops Gustafsson with a right hand. They get up and Krylov landing big punches and Gustafsson is trying to survive. Gustafsson gets the clinch and they break. Krylov with a right hand. Krylov lands a leg kick. Gustafsson grabs the leg and Krylov lands an uppercut and Gustafsson goes down and more punches from Krylov ends it. Impressive showing from Krylov.
Official Result- Nikita Krylov def. Alexander Gustafsson by knockout (punches) at 1:07 of Round 1
> Lightweights- Paddy Pimblett (18-3, 2-0 UFC) vs. Jordan Leavitt (10-1, 3-1 UFC)
Pimblett with a right hand. Leavitt drops for a takedown and they're clinched. Leavitt gets the brief takedown but they're up and clinched. Leavitt picks Pimblett up and slams him down but Pimblett has the neck. Leavitt punches the leg and Pimblett adjusts and looks to get it tighter but Leavitt is out for now. They scramble to their feet. Leavitt has the body lock and has it pushed against the fence. They're in a funky position and Pimblett almost had a reverse triangle in and lands some elbows as they get to their feet. They scramble down and Pimblett has the back late and lands some punches to end the round strong. 10-9 Pimblett.
Leavitt with some push kicks. Pimblett with a right hand. Leavitt lands a right hand. Leavitt pushes it against the fence as he looks for the takedown. Pimblett looking for a D'Arce choke as they're on the feet and lands a knee and Leavitt falls to the mat. Pimblett has the back with the arm trapped and is landing punches. Pimblett locks in the rear-naked choke and Leavitt taps! Big finish for Pimblett!
Official Result- Paddy Pimblett def. Jordan Leavitt by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:46 of Round 2
> Middleweights- #8 Jack Hermansson (22-7, 9-5 UFC) vs. Chris Curtis (29-8, 3-0 UFC)
Hermansson lands a leg kick. Curtis lands some punches. Hermansson with a side kick. Hermansson with another leg kick. They trade in close range. Hermansson with more leg kicks and both are looking for openings. Curtis with a left hand to the body. Hermansson with some short leg kicks. Hermansson landing more as the round ends. 10-9 Hermansson.
They trading in close and Hermansson keeps throwing kicks as Curtis is looking for an opening on the inside. Hermansson with a body kick. Hermansson keeps throwing kicks to stay out of the range of Curtis and Curtis is getting frustrated. Hermansson showing a great gameplan. Hermansson with a body kick and he circles away. Hermansson with a combo as he backs Curtis against the fence. Hermansson landing a flurry with downward elbows as Curtis is covering up. Curtis is able to slip away and they circle to the center. Hermansson with a high kick. Hermansson with a leg kick then the jab. Hermansson with a push kick to the body. Curtis lands a left hand. Hermansson with a body kick. Curtis with a left hand to the body. 10-9 Hermansson, 20-18 Hermansson.
Hermansson with some leg kicks. Hermansson continuing to land kicks mixing to the legs and body. Hermansson landing high kicks and Curtis with a right hand to the body. We have a timeout for a groin strike. They get back to action and Hermansson lands a body kick. They continue to trade and Hermansson landing with more volume. They trade kicks. Curtis flips Hermansson off right before the bell rings for the end. 10-9 Hermansson, 30-27 Hermansson.
Official Result- Jack Hermansson def. Chris Curtis by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
> Heavyweights- #4 Curtis Blaydes (16-3 1 NC, 11-3 1 NC UFC) vs. #6 Tom Aspinall (12-2, 5-0 UFC)
Blaydes with some body punches. Aspinall lands a leg kick as Blaydes lands a combo and Aspinall lands on his knee weird and immediately goes down holding his knee and the fight is stopped. Yet another injury ending a UFC main event early. Blaydes gets the win.
Official Result- Curtis Blaydes def. Tom Aspinall by TKO (injury) at :15 of Round 1