Tom Aspinall


Extends UFC win streak to three
February 20, 2021
Aspinall defeated Andrei Arlovski via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:09 of Round 2 at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
Aspinall hurt Arlovski in Round 1 and unloaded with a long combination of body shots that forced the referee to at least consider stopping the fight. The prospect seemed to be slowing down after that, but hit a blast double leg takedown in the early part of Round 2. That forced Arlovksi to present his back, and Aspinall took advantage, getting the rear-naked choke finish. The UFC may have a rising star here, as Aspinall could make a case for a bigger-name opponent his next time out. In the meantime, he'll take home one of four $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses for his efforts.
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Pitted against Andrei Arlovski
January 5, 2021
Aspinall will face off against Andrei Arlovski in a heavyweight matchup scheduled for Feb. 20.
Aspinall has taken a combined 2:20 to score TKO victories over Jake Collier and Alan Baudot in his first two UFC fights. In Arlovski, he'll face a 41-year-old fighter with a wealth of experience who recently pulled out of an extended poor stretch with a pair of unanimous decision victories.
Continues roll in Abu Dhabi
October 10, 2020
Aspinall defeated Alan Baudot via TKO (punches) at 1:35 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Aspinall was due to face Sergey Spivak before the latter was forced to withdraw due to undisclosed reasons. It's safe to say he didn't have any issues with the opponent change. Entering as a whopping -700 favorite, Aspinall quickly mounted Baudot and let go a flurry of shots that forced referee Lukasz Bosacki to step in and call off the bout. Aspinall is now 9-2 in his MMA career, with all nine victories (eight knockouts, one submission) coming via stoppage. We'll have to see how he looks against better competition, but the 27-year-old Englishman is a quality prospect in a heavyweight division that needs all the quality depth it can find.
Gets new challenger Oct. 10
October 1, 2020
Aspinall will now take on Alan Baudot at the UFC event Oct. 10 in a heavyweight matchup, the La Sueur podcast reports.
Aspinall's original opponent, Sergey Spivak, was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. Now he will get a a new fighter who is making his UFC debut and boasts a 8-1 career MMA record. Aspinall is coming off a TKO victory over Jake Collier back in late July.
Fight with Spivak on tap
September 1, 2020
The UFC announced Tuesday that Aspinall (8-2-0) will face Sergey Spivak (11-2-0) in a heavyweight fight during the promotion's Oct. 10 event.
Aspinall will return to the Octagon two and a half months after winning his UFC debut on July 25, when he defeated Jake Collier via first-round TKO in Abu Dhabi. Spivak is coming off a victory of his own, but he owns a 2-2 overall record since joining the promotion in 2019.
45-second KO win in UFC debut
July 25, 2020
Aspinall defeated Jake Collier via TKO (punches) at 0:45 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
That's quite a way to make your UFC debut and should put Aspinall firmly in the discussion for a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus (which he later received). He torched Collier with a beautiful one-two combination to quickly close the show in this one. It remains to be seen how effective Aspinall will be against some better competition, but he has four straight knockout victories to his resume and not a single one of them has lasted any longer than 81 seconds. His power is clearly legitimate.