UFC has announced that Tom Aspinall vs Curtis Blaydes will serve as the main event on July 23 in London.
At this moment in time, there’s certainly an argument to be made that the UFC’s heavyweight division is as stacked as it’s ever been. In addition to having big names and significant power punchers, a new breed of stars are beginning to come through – and they’re incredibly well-rounded.
Tom Aspinall is one such example of that with his speed, precision and composure serving as three of his best attributes. On the flip side, Curtis Blaydes is beginning to blend his superior grappling together with some improved skills on the feet.
After much speculation over what kind of card the UFC will put on upon returning to the English capital this summer, it’s now been confirmed that these two juggernauts will collide in the main event at the O2 Arena.
This will be the sixth UFC main event of Curtis Blaydes’ career, whereas Aspinall steps into the spotlight for the second time – in the same place where he was the headliner less than two months ago.
What happened at UFC London in March?
In what was clearly a big step up in competition, Tom Aspinall faced Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC’s first card in Europe for three years.
The Englishman never really seemed to be in any kind of danger and after an incredibly strong first round, he managed to submit the Russian with relative ease.
On the flip side, Blaydes is currently riding a two-fight win streak – with his latest triumph coming just seven days after UFC London.
He was also able to get a big finish with Chris Daukaus being unable to handle his onslaught early in the second round.
In terms of where the winner would go, it’s pretty hard to tell. The promotion reportedly has plans in place for Stipe Miocic vs Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane vs Tai Tuivasa, two contests that will really help to shape the top of the division.
There’s also the possibility of Francis Ngannou returning by the end of the year so, at the very least, the victor needs to make it look convincing if they want to be sniffing a shot at the gold before 2023.