Tom Aspinall’s immediate future remains unknown after his brutal injury to the fight termination at UFC London. But he takes the setback in stride and vows to “come back stronger” after suffering a TKO loss to Curtis Blades.
Aspinall released two statements after Saturday’s event thanking the UFC, doctors and fans for their support as well as Blaydes for stepping back to share a pint after injuring his knee.
“Beer makes everything feel better,” Aspinal wrote. “What a man, Senior Curtis and his team showed up to say hi. Weird accidents happen unfortunately, tonight wasn’t my night. Love you all.”
Aspinall’s injury ended the UFC London main event after just 15 seconds of fight after an initial exchange of strikes. The British heavyweight dropped to the carpet holding his knee after he punched Blaydes back with a shin kick. He was writhing in pain for several seconds as referee Herb Dean saved him and medical officials rushed to his aid. It was placed in a leg brace and removed from the octagon.
It is still not known exactly what type of injury Aspinal is facing. The 29-year-old heavyweight has not revealed any new details about his knee condition and recovery timeline. Instead, he agreed that “last night wasn’t my night” after the “strange injury” and added that his match training was “awesome”.
Here is Aspinall’s full statement:
Last night wasn’t my night, the fight boot camp was great.
Sometimes these things happen. Now is the time to recover, rebuild and come back stronger!
I wanted to say a big thank you to the UFC and the doctors and paramedics who took care of me.
But also for the fans! For all the messages you sent and the support you gave me, in preparation for the fight and after the strange injury. You are gorgeous!
I want to thank Curtis for being a real gentleman, it didn’t work out the way we both wanted to, but coming and seeing me after a beer makes you a legend in my eyes.
Finally, my team and my family. We all know this is an elite sport, we live to fight another day!
Big love Tom
Aspinall’s TKO injury marked his first UFC setback after five straight wins from the Octagon – all strikes – that earned him seventh place in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings.
Blaydes, the No. 5 heavyweight, is aiming to move forward after UFC London. He told reporters he was “not risking my ranking” by making a live rematch with Aspinal. After Saturday, he extended his current winning streak to three.