Aspinall boasts a victory in six out of seven UFC clashes, with five of these being first-round finishes.
A year ago, following his defeat to Curtis Blaydes at the O2 Arena, Tom Aspinall found himself lying on the ground, clutching his pained knee — an injury that had tormented him throughout his UFC journey spanning seven fights.
On Saturday, he eventually managed to overcome this torment, revisiting the same venue to knock out Marcin Tybura, delivering one of the most noteworthy performances of his career.
Aspinall initially got injured in 2020. When the injury worsened during his fight with Blaydes in London – an event Aspinall views as “one of the best things to ever happen to him” – he underwent surgery.
Currently, the 30-year-old Aspinall trains without the lingering fear of his knee collapsing, a transformation that seems to have instilled a newfound confidence in him, both inside and outside the octagon.
“I’m extremely well-prepared, and I believe I’m growing as a person, an adult, an athlete, and I envisage myself as the future UFC heavyweight world champion,” stated Aspinall.
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During the entire fight week, Aspinall seemed more self-assured than ever before, responding to the media queries with grace, truthfulness, and wit.
In his post-fight press conference, he frequently turned towards his team members and coaches from Manchester, expressing gratitude for their assistance during his recuperation from the injury.
Weighing in at 258lbs, Aspinall’s muscular build is bigger than any of his previous UFC fights, yet it doesn’t seem to have hindered his agility in the octagon.
In the mere 73 seconds of fighting against Poland’s Tybura, Aspinall showcased his speed, agility, and technical prowess as potently as ever.
“I entered the octagon and felt an unprecedented calmness,” said Aspinall.
“I was fully aware of my surroundings, felt every moment, and heard my coaches right from the outset. It was exceptional.
“This fight greatly boosted my confidence. I always knew I could do it, but to demonstrate to everyone else was a different ball game.”
Aspinall continued, “I believe there are many hidden aspects of my game that people aren’t aware of, and only those who regularly train with me truly appreciate my skills.
“My injury served as a great learning curve, helping me understand myself better amidst the adversities and helping me identify my ambitions and the people I want to associate with.
“I feel optimistic about everything and a reset was much needed.”
‘Jon Jones is aware of my existence!’
Historically, following a decisive win in the UFC, Aspinall has been hesitant to challenge his next contender, often content with fighting anyone that the UFC proposes.
But this instance was different.
During his time off due to injury, Aspinall honed his focus on becoming a UFC champion. After dismantling Tybura, he wasted no time in plotting his course to that goal.
Aspinall radiated confidence as he assured the media of his plans to head to Paris on 2 September to arrange a bout with the winner of Ciryl Gane and Serghei Spivac, eventually aiming for the heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
American Jones, who is often lauded as the greatest mixed martial artist ever, seemed to respond to Aspinall on Twitter with a “sounds good lol”.
Aspinall was thrilled when informed about the tweet.
“Jon Jones is aware of my existence! That’s an achievement in itself, and I’m ecstatic,” he commented.
“Of course, I intend to win my future fights, but I also want to inspire Jones to stay in the game and fight me; that’s the ultimate dream.
“An Atherton local fighting Jon Jones would be extraordinary.”
Aspinall is confident that he possesses the skills to defeat Jones.
The 36-year-old former light-heavyweight champion, who has only lost once via disqualification in 29 bouts, might face a unique challenge in Aspinall.
“I believe I am a worthy match. I’m young, revitalised, and not overly experienced,” claimed Aspinall.
“I’m large, quick, robust, heavy – quite unlike many of his past opponents. And I believe he recognises this too.”
However, Aspinall might first have to overcome either Gane or Spivak if the UFC arranges that bout, and Gane seems interested.
“Excellent performance, Tom, but be careful what you wish for. See you in Paris,” Gane posted on Twitter.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tom Aspinall UFC Heavyweight Title
How many UFC bouts has Tom Aspinall won?
Tom Aspinall has won six of his seven UFC fights, five of which were first-round finishes.
Who is Tom Aspinall’s next targeted opponent?
Tom Aspinall has set his sights on an ‘extraordinary’ bout with the heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.
How did Tom Aspinall overcome his knee injury?
Aspinall underwent surgery after his knee injury worsened during a fight. He has since recovered and trained without worrying about his knee giving way.
What was Tom Aspinall’s standout performance after his injury?
Aspinall delivered a noteworthy performance by knocking out Marcin Tybura at the O2 Arena, the same place where he had previously lost to Curtis Blaydes.
What is Tom Aspinall’s ultimate goal in UFC?
Aspinall’s ultimate goal is to become the UFC heavyweight champion. He has even called out Jon Jones, widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists, for a title fight.
What is Tom Aspinall’s weight for his UFC fights?
Tom Aspinall weighs in at 258lbs for his UFC fights, his biggest ever, yet it hasn’t affected his speed and agility in the octagon.
Who is potentially the next contender Aspinall may have to fight before Jon Jones?
Aspinall may have to get past either Ciryl Gane or Serghei Spivac first if the UFC arranges that fight.