Tom Aspinall Set For UFC 304 Comeback

Tom Aspinall, the UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion, says he will return to action in Manchester, England, at UFC 304. 

Aspinall has been biding his time for a title shot. The UFC Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is currently out injured, pulling out from his title defense against Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 last November. Aspinall wanted the UFC to strip Jones, allowing him to fight Miocic for the belt.

Dana White refused to do so. Aspinall was put on the UFC 295 card, stopping Sergei Pavlovich in the first round. White then teased a PPV in England this summer. Aspinall and UFC Welterweight Leon Edwards were linked with fights on that card. Aspinall says he has an agreement, but his opponent must do the same before an announcement is made.  

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“Right, I’m just back from Vegas. I was over there doing YouTube stuff, meetings, all of that stuff. I had a meeting with the UFC. It has now been confirmed that I am fighting on UFC Manchester. So, I’m back home preparing for that now. I’ve started the early stages of training camp. I’m just waiting for my opponent to accept [the fight]. So stay tuned, keep up with the socials, and keep up with the YouTube channel. I’ll be announcing it very soon,” Aspinall said 

Aspinall has been linked with the Cyril Gane fight. The Frenchman has lost his two title fights against Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones. Aspinall claimed Gane ducked Pavlovich, Curtis Blaydes and himself. Gane responded by demanding a fight in September. 

An alternative is a fight with Blaydes. The American gave Aspinall his first loss in July 2022. But the Brit suffered a knee injury, as the fight was stopped in the first round. There is also an outside chance of fighting Alex Pereira. The Brazilian defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Title by knocking out Jamahal Hill in the first round at UFC 300.

Aspinall reacted by posting a picture of himself watching Pereira. That has raised suggestions Pereira could move up to heavyweight and target a title shot to become a three-weight world champion. Alex fractured a toe two weeks before the UFC 300 fight. After the win, he fractured another toe, ruling out an Aspinall fight for now. 

“I don’t think [fighting Pereira] is a good idea for Aspinall at this moment. We have to see what’s going to happen. I think it’s still too premature. Aspinall is the interim champion, why would he risk fighting ‘Poatan’? I don’t think it makes much sense [for Aspinall], I don’t think it’s a good idea [for Aspinall]. For us, it is [a good idea],” Jorge Guimaraes (Pereira’s manager) 

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