Following a nasty knee injury suffered versus Curtis Blaydes in July 2022, Aspinall was sidelined for almost a full year. But, the Englishman came back strong with a first round stoppage victory versus Marcin Tybura (24-8). Then another outstanding knockout in the first round against Sergei Pavlovich (18-2) on short notice to capture the interim heavyweight strap in November.
Of course, a heavyweight unification bout with Jon Jones is at the top of the list in Aspinall’s mind, but he will have to wait for the champion to come back from an injury to his pectoral muscle. Additionally, Aspinall will need to wait for Jones to have his fight with former heavyweight king Stipe Miocic (20-4), a bout that was originally scheduled for UFC 295 in November, but was then cancelled due to the injury.
At UFC 299 in March, a rescheduled match between heavyweight contenders Jailton Almeida (20-2) and Curtis Blaydes (17-4) is set to occur. Aspinall has announced on social media that he would like to face the winner of this bout for his next match, while he waits for his shot at Jones.
Winner of blaydes almeida sounds good https://t.co/Je8R6YtfRI
— Tom Aspinall (@AspinallMMA) December 31, 2023