Leon Edwards Helping Tom Aspinall Prepare For Early Morning UFC 304 Fight Time

Tom Aspinall says he is taking advice on sleep patterns from Leon Edwards in preparation for his early morning walk to the octagon at UFC 304 in Manchester.

Aspinall will defend his interim heavyweight versus Curtis Blaydes this July from inside the Co-Op Live arena, in front of his home country fans. Following the co-main event, Leon Edwards will put once again put his welterweight belt on the line when he meets Belal Muhammad for the second time.

With the card not set to begin until 11 p.m. local time, Aspinall and Edwards will not fight until the early morning hours, which has been heavily protested to no avail by the interim heavyweight titleholder. Now, Aspinall has enlisted the help of Edwards to guide him towards peak performance at an odd time.

Yeah, so Leon has employed a sleep specialist,” Aspinall said. “I knew about this before because I know Leon’s manager, so I was kind of like ‘I’m not going to set anything in stone in my mind [for my routine] until I spoke to Leon on what he’s doing’.

“Leon basically gave me a full breakdown of his sleep pattern. So, I’m essentially going to copy Leon without having to pay for a sleep specialist; that’s the plan, I don’t want to pay anybody so I’m just getting the advice off Leon and I’m just following what Leon’s doing.”

Just last month, Aspinall was frustrated with not having a preparation plan, and was toying with several ideas, including even thinking of completing his fight camp in Las Vegas to stay on the proper time, before flying home for the fight. This was a wild idea, but clearly unfeasible due to the timely flight distance.

“In all honesty, I f*cking – I don’t know,” Aspinall said. “I don’t know what I’m doing at this point. I’m going to speak to a couple of people probably who are a lot smarter than I am and see if we can make some kind of compromise.

“I was thinking something like maybe I’ll try and sleep at like 9 p.m., wake up about 1 or 2 (a.m.), just be awake for a couple of hours, and then maybe work out at like 5, maybe go back to sleep for a couple of hours at like 7, 8. I don’t really know … I don’t really know.”

 

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