UFC London: Curtis Blaydes ‘hardest opponent’ accessible, says Tom Aspinall

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Venue: O2 Enviornment, London Date: Saturday, 23 July
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Curtis Blaydes is at present the “hardest battle accessible” within the heavyweight division, says Britain’s Tom Aspinall.

Aspinall, 29, meets American Blaydes, 31, in the primary occasion of UFC London on the O2 Enviornment on Saturday.

A win for both fighter would transfer them a step nearer to a heavyweight title shot.

“He is [the toughest stylistically] as a result of he is an amazing wrestler,” Aspinall advised BBC Sport.

“However not simply that, he does one thing very nicely that solely educated eyes can see – he makes you assume he will take you down, however then does his stand-up stuff and vice versa.

“His prime management is wonderful – he’s by far the perfect I’ve fought up to now.”

Each males come into the battle on the again of spectacular wins in March.

Aspinall earned a first-round submission over Alexander Volkov in London, whereas Blaydes knocked out Chris Daukaus in Ohio.

Aspinall is unbeaten within the UFC, successful all 5 of his fights since becoming a member of the promotion in 2020, in a run which has seen the Manchester-born fighter transfer as much as sixth within the heavyweight rankings.

Blaydes, in the meantime, who’s ranked fourth, has gained 11 of his 15 bouts since signing for the UFC six years in the past.

Aspinall says Britons have struggled towards wrestling-heavy opponents beforehand within the UFC, nevertheless it won’t affect the battle.

“The wrestling has been weak right here previously however fortunately for me we’re not having a wrestling match, we’re having an MMA battle,” mentioned Aspinall.

“I am harmful in every single place so for him to assume ‘he is simply an English man – he is received no wrestling’ – that might be candy if we’re wrestling, however we’re not.

“He higher be prepared for all the things.”

‘Inside 10 years I will be champion’

Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou is the UFC heavyweight champion however is not prone to battle till 2023 after having knee surgical procedure in March.

That has raised the opportunity of an interim title being created, with a battle between Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones being toutedexternal-link.

With fellow top-ranked heavyweights Ciryl Gane and Tai Tuivasa assembly at UFC Paris in September, the instant way forward for the division is thrilling, however stays unclear.

Regardless of the UFC matchmakers determine, Aspinall is assured he’ll ultimately win the title.

“I am gonna be a UFC champion sooner or later within the subsequent 10 years, that is inevitable,” mentioned Aspinall.

“I strive to not assume too far into the long run basically although – not simply in preventing, however in life.

“I am not making an attempt to assume what is going on on in six months, or a yr, or six years, I am simply taking it daily – and proper now I am preventing Curtis Blaydes. That is all I am fascinated by.”

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