UK’s first-round KO artist Tom Aspinall doesn’t rate UFC’s heavyweight division
Tom Aspinall made an emphatic start to life in the UFC back in July when he secured a first-round knockout on the Darren Till and Robert Whittaker undercard.
The English heavyweight has a formidable record of with all eight of his victories coming via first round stoppage.
The Wigan-born star, 27, is back in action this weekend on Fight Island as he takes on Frenchman Alan Boudot in his UFC debut (8-1).
talkSPORT caught up with Aspinall ahead of his second UFC bout and learned a bit more about the fearsome puncher.
On signing with the UFC…
I had actually turned UFC down previously because I thought I needed more experience. I had another bout with Cage Warriors in 2019 and at that time, we were struggling to find opponents for me anyway.
Then, the day after my last fight with Cage Warriors my coach said UFC have sent a contract over. Cage Warriors said we’ll struggle to match what they’re giving you now and that was the decision made, really.
On his sensational UFC debut…
That’s what I expected, really. It’s great to go out there and put on the performance that you hope to but I’m just looking to get better and better now. Those first-round finishes are what I’ve become known for and it’s always the aim.
On the UFC heavyweight division…
I don’t think there are very many good heavyweights out there right now to be honest. I feel confident that I’ll work my way up the ranks, but at the right pace.
I’m not trying to rush into anything, but I don’t see anything out there that makes me second guess myself or anything like that.
On his best or favourite heavyweight fighter…
Oh, I know all about the heavyweights. I watch everything. I know he’s the champion, but I still think Stipe Miocic is class. He doesn’t quite get the respect he deserves and when you look at it, he’s probably the greatest heavyweight of all-time. Hard to argue that.
On Jon Jones making his way to heavyweight…
He’ll be the most skilled man in the division and will probably dominate it. He’s a great fighter but as far as me getting the chance to fight him, I’d imagine he’ll be gone by the time I make my way to that end of the rankings.
To be honest, I’d wouldn’t mind avoiding him anyway because he is one dangerous man!
Watch Tom Aspinall in action this Saturday as UFC Fight Island returns on BT Sport