Tom Aspinall returned to motion after a yr out with harm and picked up the place he left off earlier than his combat with Curtis Blaydes this time final yr.
Aspinall (13-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) was tearing the heavyweight division aside earlier than a freak harm to Blaydes led to his first loss within the octagon, pressured him to bear surgical procedure and sidelined from competitors for 12 months. It is all the time unpredictable how a fighter comes again after such a traumatic second, however Aspinall handed the check and answered each query in probably the most resounding method doable.
It took him simply 73 seconds to torch Marcin Tybura for the first-round TKO, after which Aspinall elaborated on his plans going ahead. He desires the winner of September’s UFC Paris fundamental occasion between Ciryl Gane and Serghei Spivac, after which after that wishes his “dream combat” with Jon Jones (assuming he defends in opposition to Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 in November).
Sounds fairly superior, in principle, however after all there should be loads of breaks in its favor. Chief amongst them being Jones (27-1 MMA, 21-1 UFC) wins in opposition to Miocic then decides NOT to retire from MMA, which he alluded to. Jones responded to Aspinall’s post-fight feedback with a fast put up on Twitter, and it is an enormous win for the Briton.
Perhaps Aspinall can lure Jones away from retirement to combat him, but it surely’s actually exhausting to know what’s going to occur. For one factor, Jones’ legacy unfolds with out a combat in opposition to Aspinall. Alternatively, including a reputation like Aspinall, who’s extensively thought of the subsequent era of nice heavyweights, to his resume, to additional solidify him as an MMA GOAT.
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