Fighter Profile: Tom Aspinall

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The UFC booked a great card in London last Month that featured some of English MMA’s biggest names. One of the best performances of the night was that of Tom Aspinall who continued his eight fight win streak with a first round Submission victory over Russian, Alexander Volkov.  

Aspinall was born on April 11, 1993 in Atherton, Greater Manchester, England. He started training in MArtial arts at a young age first with boxing and wrestling before switching to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as his father was a Grappler. He was a standout in BJJ and would win the British Open in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in all belt classes except black belt. An amazing feat for the young Grappler. His father would eventually become the BJJ instructor for Team Kaobon, one of England’s premiere MMA gyms. This would cause young Aspinall to become interested in MMA and he’d transition to the sport at this time.

Aspinall would make his MMA debut in December 2014 when he faced off against Michał Piszczek. Aspinall would win the bout by TKO (submission to punches.) He’d then face Ricky King and his grappling would come into full display as he’d earn the victory with a Submission (heel hook.) He’d then face  Satisch Jhamai  earning a victory via TKO (punches.) Stuart Austin would be next for Aspinall, unfortunately he was unable to secure a victory marking his first loss of his career. He’d get back into the win column when he faced off against Adrian Ruskac, but would lose his next bout  Łukasz Parobiec moving him to 4-2. He’d win his next three bouts before moving to the UFC.

Aspinall would make his UFC debut in July of 2020 where he’d secure the victory over Jake Collier via TKO (knee and punches.) He’d then face Alan Baudot again winning the bout via TKO (elbows and punches.) For his next fight he’d show his grappling prowess when he faced off against Andrei Arlovski earning the victory via Submission (rear-naked choke.)  Sergey Spivak would be next for Aspinall in September of 2021 winning the bout via TKO (elbow and punches.) He’d then face Alexander Volkov in the biggest fight of his career in the main event at UFC London he’d win the bout via Submission (straight armbar.)

Aspinall is off to an impressive start to his UFC career. The Grappler is on pace to be atop the Heavyweight division very soon.

Three Great UFC Fights Coming Up In March

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With Winter slowly drawing to a close we have multiple fights coming up in the UFC in the final stretch of the cold months. The first fight is the ultimate Grudge match between two former friends coming to your screen live on PPV. The next two matchups are coming from across the pond at UFC London. We’ll see the return of Paddy The Baddy Pimblett when he faces Rodrigo Vargas. The final fight we’re excited for this month is between MMA veteran Alexander Volkov and 11-2 Tom Aspinall.

Jorge Masvidal vs Colby Covington UFC 272

Two former Best Friends, roommates and Training partners face off for bragging rights in this ultimate grudge match.  Jorge Masvidal looks to top Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington in the UFC Octagon in the main event of UFC 272. Masvidal who is coming off back to back losses to current UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. Covington coincidentally is also coming off a loss to Usman in his second meeting with the champ. Masvidal will definitely be looking for a Knockout finish in this matchup whereas Covington will be hoping to take it to the ground and out wrestle the former street fighter turned BMF. We can’t wait to see how this one turns out. The only thing that would make this fight better is if the BMF title was up for grabs.

Paddy Pimblett vs. Rodrigo Vargas UFC London 2022

Paddy ‘The Baddy’ lived up to the hype when he made his UFC debut last year with a quick first round Knockout of Luigi Vendramini. The first degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt hopes to make it two in a row for the promotion when he faces off against Rodrigo Vargas in the UFC Octagon. Pimblett moves the meter unlike any new prospect we’ve seen in the promotion in quite some time and there’s something about him that oozes confidence and star power that the UFC definitely has figured out and put their promotional might behind. He will have his work cutout for him in Rodrigo Vargas who boasts an impressive 12-4 record, but hasn’t had very good luck in his bouts with the biggest MMA promotion in the world.

Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall UFC London 2022

Alexander Volkov is coming off a win against number nine ranked Heavyweight Marcin Tybura. Volkov himself is ranked sixth in the division and hopes that a win here will get him one step closer to the belt held by Cameroonian striker Francis Ngannou at the moment. Aspinall walks into this bout with an impressive record of 11-2 and is riding a seven fight win streak with four of those wins coming in the UFC he is currently ranked eleventh in the Heavyweight division.  Aspinall is a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but also has a background in wrestling and boxing. This should be an interesting matchup on a card full of interesting fighters

 You can catch the fights on ESPN+ and on ESPN+ PPV