Thomas Paul Aspinall[6] (born 11 April 1993)[7] is an English professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the current Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion. As of July 2, 2024, he is #11 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.[8]

Tom Aspinall
BornThomas Paul Aspinall
(1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 31)
Salford, England
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight262 lb (119 kg; 18 st 10 lb)
Reach78 in (198 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofSalford, England
TeamTeam Kaobon[2]
Aspinall BJJ (2005–present)[3][4]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[5][4]
Years active2014–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout11
By submission3
By knockout1
By submission1
By disqualification1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog



Aspinall followed his father's footsteps by beginning to train martial arts when he was seven years old at the Leigh Self Defence Studio in Leigh, Greater Manchester, where he trained in jiu-jitsu.[4] After being trained in wrestling and boxing, Aspinall transitioned to Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[2] He has won the British Open in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in all belt classes except black belt.[4][9] After his father became the jiu-jitsu instructor of Team Kaobon, Aspinall grew interested in mixed martial arts and transitioned into the sport.[2] 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 career


Early career


At age 18, Aspinall had his first amateur fight. He posted a record of 9 wins and no losses as an amateur.[11] All but one of his wins came via knockout or submission.[12]

Aspinall signed a five-fight contract with Cage Warriors after a 2.5-year hiatus from professional mixed martial arts.[13][4] Aspinall was offered a contract by the Ultimate Fighting Championship also, but did not feel ready for the organisation and subsequently turned it down.[13] After two fast finishes in Cage Warriors he eventually signed to the UFC.[13][4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship


Aspinall was originally scheduled to make his promotional debut against Raphael Pessoa at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards on 21 March 2020.[14] However, Pessoa withdrew from the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Jake Collier,[15] but this event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16] Subsequently, the pairing was left intact and took place on 25 July 2020, at UFC on ESPN 14.[17] He won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[18] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[19]

Aspinall's second UFC appearance was expected to be against Serghei Spivac at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen on 11 October 2020.[20] However, Spivak withdrew from the bout for undisclosed reasons and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Alan Baudot.[21] Aspinall won the fight via first-round technical knockout.[22]

Aspinall next faced Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis on 20 February 2021.[23] He won the fight via a submission in round two.[24] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[25]

Aspinall was expected to face Sergei Pavlovich on 4 September 2021, at UFC Fight Night 191.[26] 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 Serghei Spivac.[27] Aspinall won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[28] The win earned Aspinall his third Performance of the Night bonus award.[29]

Aspinall was scheduled to face Shamil Abdurakhimov on 19 March 2022, at UFC Fight Night 204.[30] However, on 21 January 2022, it was announced that Aspinall would instead face Alexander Volkov.[31] Aspinall won the fight via straight armbar submission in round one.[32] With this win, he received the Performance of the Night award.[33]

Aspinall faced Curtis Blaydes on 23 July 2022, at UFC Fight Night 208.[34] He lost the fight by technical knockout 15 seconds into the first round after being rendered unable to continue due to a knee injury.[35]

After a year off due to his injury, Aspinall returned to face Marcin Tybura on 22 July 2023, at UFC Fight Night 224.[36] He won the fight via TKO just over a minute into the first round.[37] With this win, he received his fifth Performance of the Night bonus award.[38]

On two weeks' notice, Aspinall faced Sergei Pavlovich for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship on 11 November 2023, at UFC 295 due to Jon Jones becoming injured and his fight against Stipe Miocic being cancelled.[39] He won by first-round knockout in a little over a minute and the victory earned him his 6th Performance of the Night award.[40][41]

Aspinall is scheduled to defend his interim title against Curtis Blaydes in a rematch on 27 July 2024 at UFC 304.[42]

Personal life


Aspinall was born to parents Tracey and Andy and was raised in Atherton, Greater Manchester.[43] He is married to his Polish wife Justyna with two sons and one daughter.[44] One of his sons is diagnosed with autism.[45] Aspinall can speak some Polish and says he feels very close to Poland because of his wife and half Polish children. [46]

Championships and accomplishments


Mixed martial arts

  • Violent Money TV
    • VMTV UK MMA Male Knockout of the Year 2023[49]

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 14 wins 3 losses
By knockout 11 1
By submission 3 1
By disqualification 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–3 Sergei Pavlovich KO (punches) UFC 295 11 November 2023 1 1:09 New York City, New York, United States Won the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 13–3 Marcin Tybura TKO (elbow and punches) UFC Fight Night: Aspinall vs. Tybura 22 July 2023 1 1:13 London, England Performance of the Night.
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 Serghei Spivac 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: Empire Rises 13 December 2014 1 0:15 Manchester, England Heavyweight debut.


Professional boxing record

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 June 2017   Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester, England

See also



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Preceded by 7th UFC Heavyweight Interim Champion
11 November 2023 – present