Tom Aspinall is very confident he is the one to beat Jon Jones.
In the lead-up to Aspinall’s return fight against Marcin Tybura, he was vocal in saying he wanted to face Jones. He said it was his dream fight and knows it would be a massive scrap for the sport.
However, there have been rumors that Jon Jones will retire from the MMA if he defends his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic. Yet, Aspinall hopes if he continues to win impressively he will entice Jones to stick around and believes he has all the tools to win.
Aspinall eyes Jones fight
“I want it, I obviously want it, that’s a dream fight for me. I’m pushing for it and I kept saying in the media building up to this fight, I kept saying moving forward in my career, I got two goals,” Tom Aspinall said on Michael Bisping’s podcast. “Well, three goals. The most important thing is I win my fights, I’m a winner and I want to win my fights, that’s the most important thing. The second thing is I want to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Another one of my goals, the third thing is I want to excite Jon Jones, and I want to give him a reason to stick around and be like this is the guy I need to stick around for.
“That is what I really wanted, I want to excite him. I’m not even sure he knew I existed before my last fight, I don’t even know. It’s an absolute dream fight for me, and I think I match up really well against him. I’m bigger and faster than him. I know he has fought some fast guys at light heavyweight. But, he’s never fought faster than a light heavyweight who’s bigger than him. I’m fresh, I haven’t got a million miles on the clock, like a lot of these guys he’s fought. I’m mega-confident, and I just match up well against him… I feel like I could beat him,” Aspinall continued.
If Tom Aspinall is going to get the fight against Jon Jones, it will need to happen in the next year. Yet, the Brit isn’t even sure Jones sticks around for that long.
“I think it’s real interesting. Whether he’s going to stick around or not, I don’t know,” Aspinall said.
Currently, Tom Aspinall is ranked fourth at heavyweight and does not have his next fight booked.