Tom Aspinall


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.
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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.
Debut scheduled for July 25
June 18, 2020
Aspinall is set to take on Jake Collier at UFC Fight Night on "Fight Island" scheduled for July 25, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
While Aspinall's debut was delayed from the initial mid-March scheduling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he's set to face the same opponent he was originally scheduled to debut against in Collier. Aspinall hasn't had to last very long in each of his previous three bouts, recording a KO/TKO in the first round of each of them leading up to his signing with the UFC. Collier is coming off a win that evened up his UFC record at 3-3-0, though he's recorded just one victory that hasn't gone the distance.
London bout appears off
March 15, 2020
Aspinall will no longer face Jake Collier on Saturday following the relocation of UFC London, reports.
The UFC will be relocating the weekend's event, per an official statement, which leaves fighters like Aspinall unable to secure travel plans on short notice, especially given the recently-imposed restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. It's unclear if this matchup will be rescheduled for a later date.