Tom Aspinall’s Frustration Continues, Claims Stipe Miocic Turned Down UFC 300 Offer

Given the frustrating nature of the status of the UFC’s heavyweight division, Tom Aspinall’s abundant displeasure with the matchmaking is completely understandable.

Just over two months ago, Aspinall (14-3) caught Sergei Pavlovich (18-2) with a powerful right hook and finished things in the very first round of their co-main event matchup at UFC 295.

Through this victory, Aspinall claimed the UFC interim heavyweight title, but the lack of an immediate plan to unify the division has left him with a rightfully salty attitude.

Originally, current heavyweight champion Jon Jones (27-1) was supposed to defend his title versus former 265-pound king Stipe Miocic (20-4) at UFC 295. But, due to Jones suffering an injury in camp, the bout was replaced on the card by Aspinall versus Pavlovich with the interim title at stake.

While the event was salvaged, the state of the heavyweight division does not make a lot of sense in the eyes of many. Even when Jones is fit to return to the octagon, the plan as we know it currently is that Jones will next defend his title versus Miocic in the long awaited legend versus legend match, no earlier than mid-2024. Once that is settled, Aspinall can expect that he will finally get his shot at the champion.

To frustrate the situation further, Aspinall earlier this week revealed that he accepted an offer to fight Stipe Miocic at UFC 300 in April, but nothing materialized further as the former champion only has an interest in facing Jones.

This recent set of posts to social media came after an online debate regarding Aspinall’s deservings to demand a match with Jones. During this exchange, Jones downplayed Aspinall’s resume and reminded him that the champion is in control of this situation.

Whether or not the feeling is genuine, Aspinall at this point claims that he has accepted the situation for what it is.

 

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