UFC London 2022: Tom Aspinall banking on his experience against Curtis Blaydes

  • Tom Ward

Tom Aspinall believes his experience of fighting in front of a home crowd will play a big factor against Curtis Blaydes.

The British UFC heavyweight star, 29, is coming off arguably the best performance of his career to date with a stunning first-round submission win over Alexander Volkov back in April.

A win over Blaydes, 31, will keep him in the hunt for a title shot against defending champion Francis Ngannou, 35.

So it’s no surprise then that Aspinall is looking to put on a show in his second main event at the Indigo at London’s O2 Arena.

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“There’s no replacement for experience and I’ve done this before so now I know exactly what to expect,” he told the UFC pre-fight press conference.

“Different experience of course, different opponent, better opponent, but I have done this before.

“So that makes it a little bit easier. I will take everything as it comes. You can’t control the future can you, so we’ll cross that bridge when it comes to it, but right now I’m focusing on Curtis Blaydes.

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“This week feels pretty normal to be honest because I’ve only just done it.

“You can’t buy experience and I’ve been here before and I think everybody on this card whether you’re a home or away fighter the atmosphere really is something else.

“I think you need to be prepared for that when you fight in the UK because it is different.

“I’m a winner. That’s all I care about. I want to win.

“I don’t care how I win but I’m a fierce, fierce competitor.

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“I’m trying to win and that’s it.”

During the media scrum Aspinall was also asked to share his thoughts on rising UK star Muhammad Mokaev.

And he backed his fellow countryman to break Jon Jones‘ record by becoming the youngest champion in UFC history.

He added: “Yes he’s a special individual.

“He’s amazing. With Muhammad I’ve known him for a long, long time since he was a child and since I was younger. I think he was eleven or twelve when I first met him.

“He’s always had this aura about him like a champion when he started training.

“He’s going to do that. He’s special. He’s had about 50 amateur fights.

“The guy was born to compete. He’ll do it, definitely.”

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