Tom Aspinall

Tom Aspinall[7] (born 11 April 1993) is an English professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of March 21, 2022, he is #6 in the UFC heavyweight rankings.[8]

Tom Aspinall
BornTom Aspinall
(1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 29)
Atherton, Greater Manchester, England[1]
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight251 lb (114 kg; 17 st 13 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight
Reach78 in (198 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofManchester, England
TeamTeam Kaobon[3]
Aspinall BJJ (2005–present)[4][5]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[6][5]
Years active2014–present
Professional boxing record
Total1
Wins1
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
Total15
Wins12
By knockout9
By submission3
Losses3
By knockout1
By submission1
By disqualification1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Aspinall followed his father's footsteps by beginning to train martial arts at the age of seven.[5] After also training wrestling and boxing, Aspinall transitioned to Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[3] He has won the British Open in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in all belt classes except black belt.[5][9] After his father became the jiu-jitsu instructor of Team Kaobon, Aspinall grew interested in mixed martial arts and eventually transitioned into the sport.[3] In the year after completing school at age 16, Aspinall grew from 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) to 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m), causing intense growing pains.[10]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Aspinall signed a five-fight contract with Cage Warriors after 2.5-year hiatus from professional mixed martial arts.[11][5] Aspinall was offered a contract by the Ultimate Fighting Championship also, but did not feel ready for the organization and subsequently turned it down.[11] After two fast finishes in Cage Warriors he eventually signed to the UFC.[11][5]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Aspinall was originally scheduled to make his promotional debut against Raphael Pessoa at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards on March 21, 2020.[12] However, Pessoa withdrew from the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Jake Collier,[13] but this event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14] Subsequently, the pairing was left intact and took place on July 25, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 14.[15] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[16] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[17]

Aspinall's second UFC appearance was expected to be against Sergey Spivak at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen on October 11, 2020.[18] However, Spivak withdrew from the bout for undisclosed reasons and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Alan Baudot.[19] Aspinall won the fight via first-round technical knockout.[20]

Aspinall next faced Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis on February 20, 2021.[21] He won the fight via a submission in round two.[22] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[23]

Aspinall was expected to face Sergei Pavlovich on September 4, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 191.[24] However, Pavlovich was removed from the card in late-August due to alleged visa issues which restricted his ability to travel and was replaced by Sergey Spivak.[25] Aspinall won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[26] The win earned Aspinall his third Performance of the Night bonus award.[27]

Aspinall was scheduled to face Shamil Abdurakhimov on March 19, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 204.[28] However, on January 21, 2022, it was announced that Aspinall would instead face Alexander Volkov.[29] Aspinall won the fight via straight armbar submission in round one.[30] With this win, he received the Performance of the Night award.[31]

Aspinall faced Curtis Blaydes on July 23, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 208.[32] He lost the fight by technical knockout 15 seconds into the first round due to a knee injury.[33]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
15 matches 12 wins 3 losses
By knockout 9 1
By submission 3 1
By disqualification 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–3 Curtis Blaydes TKO (knee injury) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall 23 July 2022 1 0:15 London, England
Win 12–2 Alexander Volkov Submission (straight armbar) UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Aspinall 19 March 2022 1 3:45 London, England Performance of the Night.
Win 11–2 Sergey Spivak TKO (elbow and punches) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till 4 September 2021 1 2:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–2 Andrei Arlovski Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis 20 February 2021 2 1:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 9–2 Alan Baudot TKO (elbows and punches) UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen 10 October 2020 1 1:35 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 8–2 Jake Collier TKO (knee and punches) UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till 26 July 2020 1 0:45 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Performance of the Night.
Win 7–2 Mickael Ben Hamouda TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 107 28 September 2019 1 0:56 Liverpool, England
Win 6–2 Sofiane Boukichou TKO (leg injury) Cage Warriors 101 16 February 2019 1 1:21 Liverpool, England
Win 5–2 Kamil Bazelak KO (punch) Full Contact Contender 16 18 June 2016 1 1:16 Bolton, England
Loss 4–2 Łukasz Parobiec DQ (illegal downward elbow) BAMMA 25 14 May 2016 2 3:33 Birmingham, England
Win 4–1 Adrian Ruskac TKO (punches) Full Contact Contender 15 5 March 2016 1 1:05 Bolton, England
Loss 3–1 Stuart Austin Submission (heel hook) BAMMA 21 13 June 2015 2 3:59 Birmingham, England
Win 3–0 Satisch Jhamai TKO (punches) BAMMA 19 28 March 2015 1 0:09 Blackpool, England
Win 2–0 Ricky King Submission (heel hook) BAMMA 18 21 February 2015 1 0:49 Wolverhampton, England
Win 1–0 Michał Piszczek TKO (submission to punches) MMA Versus UK 13 December 2014 1 0:15 Manchester, England

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Professional boxing recordEdit

1 fight 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
1 Win 1–0   Tamas Bajzath KO 1 (4), 1:24 24 Jun 2017   Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester, England

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Stats | UFC". ufc.com. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
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