Tom Aspinall will face former UFC Champion Andrei Arlovski this weekend in a heavyweight showdown in Las Vegas. So far, he has finished both of his past UFC fights in the first round. Certainly, he will aim to make his streak at 3-0.
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Aspinall already impressed the UFC world by defeating Jake Collier and Alan Baudot. Subsequently, both the fighters were defeated in the first round. However, on his third fight, Aspinall might find difficulties submitting the former champion.
The 42-year-old Arlovski was the heavyweight champion from October 2005 to May 2006. Although, he recently fought several standout games, including current Titleist Stipe Miocic and contenders Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Unfortunately, all three fighters stopped Arlovski. Hence, Arlovski will look for a straight-up triumph.
Tom Aspinall will look for his third win
Moreover, Aspinall knows he is in for a challenge in Las Vegas. He told the PA news agency, “I think he will be my toughest test – on paper for sure. He has shown a bit of improvement in his last couple of fights.
“He’s changed his style completely, he’s quite negative and doesn’t go in swinging like he used to because I know he got knocked out a few times by doing that. He’s learned from that. He seems to be improving to me.
“If I can stop him and stop him quick, that’s going to be a little bit of a statement for the UFC and the rest of the guys that I’m the real deal, and that’s obviously the plan.
“I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t here to win and win impressively, I’d be doing something else with my life.”
For Tom Aspinall, his highest weight class alongside the technical knockout skills and speed is his biggest weapon.
The 27-year-old (9-2 in MMA) said: “For me as a heavyweight, what sets me apart from the other ones is I’m a lot quicker than the rest of them.”
“Believe it or not, no-one has really seen my speed yet, they’ve seen bits of it, but no-one’s really seen what I can do.”
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Aspinall jumped into the rings of professional boxing in 2017. Further, he had to struggle to find some MMA opponents in his early days. Nevertheless, over the past few years, he made his unsurpassed place in the UFC, and currently, he stands to fight the top fighters.