Is Tom Aspinall the next great UFC heavyweight?

Last weekend at UFC Vegas 36, Tom Aspinall (11-2) took on Sergey Spivak (13-3) in the co-main event of the evening. Aspinall has been perfect since joining the UFC last year having started 3-0.

Back in February, he got a huge fight with former champion Andrei Arlovski. Aspinall passed that test with flying colors submitting Arlovski in the second round of their fight. Spivak was set to be another challenge for Aspinall.

Spivak was another top fifteen UFC heavyweight. It was the first time that Aspinall was taking on another ranked heavyweight and once again, the British heavyweight passed the test with flying colors.

While Spivak was set to challenge Aspinall, Aspinall ran right through him. Halfway through the opening round, Aspinall dropped Spivak and followed up with some brutal shots. Ultimately the referee called a stop to the action and Aspinall picked up his fourth straight UFC victory.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 36?

Tom Aspinall looks like he’s the full package. He has tremendous skills on the ground and his boxing is incredibly crisp. One of the things that makes him so dangerous on his feet is his work with boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

After UFC Vegas 36, many were wondering if Aspinall would be vaulted towards the top of the division. However, Aspinall wants to take things slow and admitted that he believes he’s not quite ready for the top guys at heavyweight.

After his win at UFC Vegas 36, Aspinall told the media, “I need a lot more experience before I fight those guys. I’m not ready for those guys yet. This doesn’t mean I’m not confident. This means I’m very confident in my ability, but I’m also confident that I need to be ready to beat these guys.”

Aspinall also pointed out the fact that he’s only 28 years old. The UFC has a star in the making with Aspinall and I think they should follow his ideal plan. A slow build would be the best thing for his career.

Aspinall actually mentioned a perfect opponent for him next. That opponent would be Blagoy Ivanov (18-4). Ivanov is a fellow top fifteen heavyweight who’s just known for being an insanely tough fight. This would be a great fight to test Aspinall.

UFC books Tom Aspinall – Sergei Pavlovich

The UFC has finalized a big time heavyweight fight for next month. The promotion announced today that surging heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall (10-2) will be taking on Sergei Pavlovich (14-1).

The matchup will take place at the UFC‘s Fight Night on September 4th. Originally, this card was supposed to take place in London, however, the promotion has shifted gears and the fight will take place in Las Vegas.

For Pavlovich, he will be making his fourth appearance in the UFC. He made his debut back in 2018 and at the time he was undefeated. In his first fight he took on the legend, Alistair Overeem.

Overeem was able to stop Pavlovich in the first round to hand Pavlovich his first loss. Since then, Pavlovich has picked up two UFC wins over Marcelo Golm and Maurice Green. He was supposed to take on Ciryl Gane last August, but had to pull out of the fight.

This will be Pavlovich’s first fight in almost two years. His last UFC contest came back in October of 2019. When he makes the walk in a few weeks, Pavlovich will be holding the 15th ranking in the heavyweight division.

UFC’s Top Heavyweight Prospect?

You can make the argument that the top prospect in the UFC’s heavyweight division is Tom Aspinall. The British heavyweight is ranked 13th currently but he has all the skills to become a future world champion.

In July of last year, Aspinall finally made his UFC debut against Jake Collier. Aspinall was able to score a first round knockout in the opening minute. Since then, he’s scored back-to-back finishes.

Most recently, Aspinall fought former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski back in February. Aspinall was able to score a second round submission finish that came on the heels of him dropping the former champion.

This fight against Pavlovich is going to be a good test for Aspinall. The UFC has a lot of faith in this guy and originally they wanted him to fight in front of his home fans in England. However, he will be competing in Vegas, but this is still a massive opportunity.

After destroying Greg Hardy at UFC 264, what’s next for Tai Tuivasa?

On Saturday night at UFC 264, Tai Tuivasa (12-3) took on Greg Hardy (7-4, 1 NC) on the main card. The battle of the heavyweight knockout artists promised to bring fireworks and it delivered on Saturday night.

After just a few seconds of feeling the other out, both men started throwing heat. Hardy actually landed the biggest shots early and appeared to briefly stun Tuivasa. However, Tuivasa had been there before and remained composed.

Hardy recklessly rushed in and Tuivasa blasted him with a left that put him down. While follow up shots were landed, they weren’t even needed as Tuivasa got the devastating first round knockout win at UFC 264.

Tuivasa has had a very up and down UFC career thus far. After starting out 3-0 inside the octagon, the Australian heavyweight lost three fights in a row. He has now responded with three consecutive first round knockout victories.

So, it’s been a wave of three fight streaks for Tuivasa in the UFC. Three straight wins followed by three straight losses and now three straight wins again. Perhaps “Bam Bam” could be gearing up for his first four-fight win streak.

What’s next after UFC 264?

The new UFC rankings came out today and Tuivasa didn’t crack the top fifteen after his win over Hardy on Saturday night. That said, I believe he is just on the fringe and having won three in a row, he should get a ranked opponent next or someone on the verge of being ranked.

With that, who should the UFC pair him with. Well, there are a few options, but one really jumps out at me. I would love to see the promotion book Tuivasa against top heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall (10-2).

Out of Aspinall’s ten professional wins, not one has gone the distance. He’s got a tremendous skillset overall and he’s also currently just outside of the UFC heavyweight rankings. Both men are looking to crack the top fifteen and a fight between the two would get it done for one of them.

For Aspinall, it would be a massive fight to show off his toughness and his overall game. For Tuivasa, it would be a chance to show off that he’s still capable of being a top contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

What’s next for Andrei Arlovski after UFC Vegas 19?

Andrei Arlovski

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 19, former heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski (30-20, 2 NC), was tasked with taking on Tom Aspinall (10-2). Aspinall is being looked at as one of the best prospects in the UFC‘s heavyweight division.

The 42 year old former champion is no stranger to taking on top prospects. Just in 2020 alone, Arlovski took on Tanner Boser and Philipe Lins. Both of these guys were looked at as hyped contenders in the UFC‘s heavyweight division.

However, the former champion defeated both of them in 2020. Arlovski was going to be a big test to see just where Aspinall was in his progression. As it turns out, Aspinall was very much up to the challenge.

In the first round, Arlovski was hurt on the feet by Aspinall. Aspinall rushed in to try to finish, but the former UFC champion stayed composed. Arlovski was able to survive the first round onslaught from Aspinall.

In the second round, Arlovski actually landed some decent shots. However, Aspinall showed off his grappling ability with a swift takedown that he chained into a rear-naked choke. Arlovski was forced to tap and his UFC winning streak came to a close.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 19?

Despite no longer being a top contender and being 42 years old, I don’t see Andrei Arlovski going anywhere. I believe that the former UFC heavyweight champion has a few more fights before he hangs up the gloves for good.

The question now is what will the promotion do in terms of booking his next fight? I actually think that another fighter on the UFC Vegas 19 card would make for a good opponent. That opponent would be the 43 year old, Alexey Oleynik (59-15-1).

Oleynik just suffered his second consecutive knockout loss this past Saturday. The loss dropped Oleynik from the official rankings and now he’s in an interesting spot. In actuality, a very similar spot as Arlovski.

Neither one of these men are going to be contender for the UFC title. Neither one are in the rankings, but both have good name recognition. I believe it would be a great matchup to pair these two against each other at this stage in their careers.

After big win at UFC Vegas 19, what’s next for Tom Aspinall?

This past weekend at UFC Vegas 19 was a card of the heavyweights. Out of the six main card matchups, half took place in the heavyweight division. The fight that opened the card was one that a lot of folks were paying attention to.

One of the best prospects in the division, Tom Aspinall (10-2), took on former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski (30-20, 2 NC). The matchup was incredibly intriguing and had a great story behind it.

UFC 70 took place in England and a young Tom Aspinall was in attendance. He was just a kid and he got to witness Andrei Arlovski fight Fabricio Werdum in the co-main event. Watching Arlovski made Aspinall want to become a mixed martial artist.

Fast forward 14 years and Aspinall was fighting the very man who inspired him to become a professional fighter. Sure, Arlovski is not the same anymore at 42 years old, but he had just won two straight in 2020 over top heavyweight prospects.

The fight was going to be a tough test for Aspinall. Aspinall is so exciting due to how well rounded he is. He’s known for his incredible striking, however, his ground game is sensational and he showed that off at UFC Vegas 19.

In the first round, Aspinall hurt Arlovski on the feet. For a minute, it looked like he was going to get his third straight first round knockout in the UFC. However, Arlovski stayed composed and the fight continued.

In the second round, after some back and forth on the feet, Aspinall shot in for a beautifully timed takedown. While along the fence, Arlovski tried to stand and Aspinall locked in a rear-naked choke for the win. If you would’ve blinked, you would’ve missed Aspinall’s third UFC finish.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 19?

Aspinall made his debut with the UFC back in July and he’s already 3-0 with three stoppages. As mentioned, he’s got sensational striking and he just showed how slick he is on the ground. He looks to be the total package.

After the fight was over, Aspinall called for one of the other heavyweight winners on the card. He said he knows he wouldn’t get the winner of the main event, but any other winner would do as he builds up.

Personally, I think that one of the other winners from UFC Vegas 19 makes for the perfect fight. That winner would be Chris Daukaus (11-3). Daukaus made quick work of top ten contender, Alexey Oleynik on Saturday night.

Like Aspinall, Daukaus is now 3-0 with three stoppages in his UFC career. Daukaus earned a contract on The Contender Series and he hasn’t looked back. Both of these men look like great prospects for the heavyweight division and I would love to see them square off.

UFC Vegas 19 Preview: Andrei Arlovski – Tom Aspinall

Andrei Arlovski

Tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 19, we will see an intriguing matchup in the heavyweight division. Former heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski (30-19, 2 NC) will be taking on top prospect, Tom Aspinall (9-2).

Aspinall will be making his third appearance in the UFC. While he’s already had two fights, we haven’t seen him long inside the octagon. In his first two fights, Aspinall was able to score first round finishes. Neither of those two fights went more than 95 seconds.

Aspinall is a very intriguing heavyweight. He’s a black belt in jiu jitsu, but he’s really known for his striking. One of the things that makes him so interesting is the fact that he trains with the boxing heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury. You can imagine Aspinall gets great work in at the gym.

Standing across from Aspinall in his third UFC fight is a former champion. Andrei Arlovski has been in the game for a very long time and he’s a former heavyweight champion. Arlovski made his professional debut back in 1999 and he became the UFC heavyweight champion in 2005.

He has a wealth of experience and he will bring a lot to the cage on Saturday night. Arlovski is now training at American Top Team and you can see the more measured approach he’s taken. In his last fight, he defeated another solid prospect in Tanner Boser by decision.

UFC Vegas 19 Prediction

When it comes to the fight at UFC Vegas 19, Arlovski is going to have to be very crafty. At this stage in the game, I’m not expecting him to go out and outstrike Tom Aspinall. I just don’t believe that Arlovski has that in his bag anymore.

However, Arlovski does have a lot of tools at his disposal. We’ve seen Arlovski have a willingness to mix in his wrestling during his fights. He’s going to have to have a diverse approach in order to get the win tomorrow. However, even with that approach, he has a very tall order in front of him.

Yes, Arlovski is a former UFC champion, however, I just don’t believe this is a great fight for him. Aspinall is not a guy who’s going to go all out for the finish early and gas himself out. I’m expecting a very measured approach and with that, the right shot will come.

I wouldn’t rule out Arlovski having his moments early, however, I believe they will be few and far between. I’m expecting Aspinall to have a signature performance tomorrow and get this one done in the first round.

Prediction: Tom Aspinall by TKO – Round 1

UFC books Andrei Arlovski – Tom Aspinall

Andrei Arlovski

The UFC took to their official European Instagram page this afternoon to announce a heavyweight clash. The promotion has booked a heavyweight fight between former heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski (30-19, 2 NC), and Tom Aspinall (9-2).

The fight will take place on February 20th. Another heavyweight battle headlines that card and that being the clash between Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes. This is a big test for Tom Aspinall.

Aspinall made his UFC debut back in July on Fight Island. So far, Aspinall has looked sensational in his first two bouts in the UFC. He’s knocked out Jake Collier and Alan Baudot in just over two minutes combined.

The heavyweight contender from Manchester looks like he can be a force inside the octagon. Currently, he’s riding a five-fight winning streak and he’s finished all five of his opponents. Not just that, but he’s finished all five in under two minutes.

UFC Heavyweight Battle

This is definitely going to be a big test in the young UFC career of Aspinall. Just when you think Andrei Arlovski is out the door, he comes right back with an impressive performance.

At the end of 2019, the former UFC heavyweight champion was knocked out in 29 seconds by Jairzinho Rozenstruik. After that loss, you wondered what was left in the tank for Arlovski.

Arlovski was getting ready to turn 41 years old and he was jus 1-4, 1 NC in his previous five fights in the UFC. However, he turned things around in 2020 to show everyone that he’s not done just yet.

First Arlovski was able to defeat Philipe Lins by unanimous decision in May. Then the UFC gave him Tanner Boser who most figured would beat the former champion. Instead, Arlovski was able to pickup another unanimous decision win.

With his back up against the wall, Arlovski was able to pull out two big wins in 2020. Now he’s going to be tasked with taking on one of the hottest prospects in the UFC’s heavyweight division. It should be a good one on February 20th.