Tom Aspinall: UFC 304 Officials Won’t Change The Start Time

Tom Aspinall is frustrated over the timing of the UFC 304 card, saying no one is willing to change it.

The event takes place on July 27 from the Co-Op Live Arena in Manchester, England. Aspinall will defend his UFC Interim Heavyweight Title against Curtis Blaydes. The card will start at 10 pm E.T., which is 3 am in England. Although the timing has been done to cater for a US audience, Aspinall was not happy. His attempts at changing the timing were unsuccessful.

“I was putting the feelers out, ‘Listen, is there any chance we can switch that?’ And they were just like, ‘Nope. Absolutely not.’ … There was no play on that at all. Just straight-up, no, that was it,” Aspinall said

Aspinall knows a win over Blaydes puts himself in the conversation for a title shot against Jon Jones. Blaydes is the only fighter who has beaten Aspinall. The timing is not ideal, as Aspinall must adjust his training from Vegas time. Nevertheless, the UFC knows that the timing is more beneficial from a commercial point of view.

They just held UFC 300, setting the record for the biggest attendance in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the T Mobile arena. The event also produced the third-highest UFC gate at approximately $16.5 million. That demonstrates that the UFC’s current way of operating is working. Aspinall will hope his performance is not hindered by fighting early in the morning.

“I know that it can affect you. Definitely. So obviously I want it to affect me as little as possible. I’m the type of guy that I’ll do everything I can to win, everything I can, and if that means changing my sleep time to whichever way I can to the best advantage, I absolutely will do. But I don’t know what that looks like at this point,” Aspinall stated

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