Tom Aspinall’s battle in opposition to Curtis Blaydes led to disappointment because the Briton suffered a knee harm 15 seconds into their bout at UFC London on Saturday night time.
After a few early exchanges, Aspinall, 29, crumpled to the canvas, clutching his knee in ache.
American Blaydes was declared the winner by technical knockout.
“I want the harm hadn’t occurred, we did not get an opportunity to showcase our expertise,” stated Blaydes.
“I needed to return right here and make a press release.
“I do know a win over him would have meant a title shot and show that I am legit.”
The outcome was a dramatic anti-climax to a foremost occasion which had promised a lot.
With 5 finishes in his first 5 fights within the UFC, Manchester’s Aspinall has change into one of many nation’s largest MMA stars and been touted as a future champion.
He has raced as much as sixth within the UFC heavyweight rankings and in Blaydes confronted the fourth-ranked fighter, who has 11 wins in 15 bouts within the promotion.
A win for Aspinall would have put him on the verge of a title shot.
Aspinall’s rising reputation was evident as he jogged swiftly to the octagon, high-fiving followers who have been chanting his identify in unison.
Blaydes took a slower strategy, exhibiting little emotion as he stepped contained in the cage and confronted off with Aspinall.
There was a way pre-fight that it may go both approach, with Blaydes’ wrestling background being touted as the largest take a look at of Aspinall’s profession thus far.
It was an intriguing contest followers by no means obtained to see nonetheless, as harm ended the battle earlier than it gained any momentum.
“It’s terrible. I had a fast chat with the physician and he thinks it is the MCL. It is an especially agonising harm,” commentator Michael Bisping stated on the BT Sport broadcast.
“Tom is a warrior, Curtis is all class and it is so unhappy. Accidents occur, it is a freak incidence but it surely’s typically a part of the game.”