Tom Aspinall has just shut the doubters up and his hype is fully backed up now as he secured a first-round victory against the biggest challenge in a veteran like Alexander Volkov. Aspinall timed his punches coupled with his speed advantage to eventually use feints to set up perfectly timed takedowns and get an armlock submission in the second takedown of the very first round. The proud Englishman couldn’t have ended the show on a much more amazing note for the fans attending UFC London live and worldwide.
In a division surrounded by dangerous strikers like Ciryl Gane, Tai Tuivasa and the champion Francis Ngannou, Aspinall proved that he has more ways to secure the victory and that is a legit threat on the rest of the division. Aspinall is now 12-2 in his overall MMA career with a 100% finish rate. With the way Aspinall secured his victory- with a flawless submission in the opening round- certainly, his father, who was one of the first-ever black belts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from England, was the happiest person in the Octagon with the widest smile tonight.
Tom Aspinall shows bright light of his future ahead as a fighter as Twitter heaps praises
Aspinall has now called out #3 ranked heavyweight Tai Tuivasa, who was once in Aspinall’s position as an #11 ranked heavyweight but things changed because of Tuivasa’s knockout victory at UFC 271 against then #3 Derrick Lewis and someone made a huge leap in the rankings. Aspinall too will make that huge leap as Volkov is currently the #6 ranked heavyweight and this victory must give Aspinall Volkov’s position.
Meanwhile, the MMA community on Twitter has finally recognised the amount of potential Aspinall carries as Belal Muhammad, Aljamain Sterling, Henry Cejudo, Alexander Volkanovski and many more share their surprise over assessing Aspinall’s talent and therefore pour greater expectations on the 28-year old’s future.
What do you make of Aspinall’s performance at UFC London? Who do you want to see Aspinall go against next? Do you think Aspinall’s callout of Tai Tuivasa makes perfect sense? How do you see that fight going?