Salford-born Tom Aspinall is a step closer to the UFC heavyweight championship after beating former champion Andrei Arlovski.
Six foot six inches tall Aspinall, 27, returned to the cage at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas needing less than two rounds to finish off Arlovski, extending his winning record to six straight wins including three in UFC.
After the fight Aspinall said: “He’s a veteran, I hit him with a good couple of shots, but he hit me in the eye early on and I couldn’t see anything, so it took me a bit longer than usual but it’s all good.
“I just shot in with a big blast double through the middle, Andy Aspinall jiu-jitsu baby, rear-naked that’s what it’s all about.”
Aspinall, who has made quick work of all three opponents so far in the UFC heavyweight division, posted after his fight on Instagram, saying: “Just the beginning. Had the time of my life in there. Thanks so much for all the support. Keep watching.”
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Looking to the future, he said: “I’d like to fight someone else experienced maybe, I don’t know who, I know there’s Aleksei Oleinik or someone like Dos Santos.”
Starting training at an early age, Aspinall competed in wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and thai boxing before making the natural transition to mixed martial arts (MMA).
In addition to his impressive MMA record, Aspinall holds a 1-0 professional boxing record and is a former sparring partner of boxing’s world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury which explains his impressive skillset which was showcased in the octagon against Arlovski.
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