Tom Aspinall Opens Up About Overcoming ‘The Most Depressing Time Of His Life’

Tom Aspinall overcame several hurdles over the past year due to his knee injury suffered in his last fight.

Tom Aspinall
Tom Aspinall (Left and Right)(Images via Instagram @TomAspinallOfficial)

Tom Aspinall detailed how his severe knee injury was a blessing and a curse. 

In July 2022, Aspinall’s life changed forever when he suffered a fight-ending knee injury against Curtis Blaydes. The 15-second loss began an extensive recovery process, officially ending on July 22 at UFC London. 

Before his highly-anticipated Octagon return, Aspinall did an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. The 30-year-old heavyweight had this to say while reflecting on his injury: 

“At that time, when I obviously blew the knee out and had surgery, it was the most depressing time of my life by far. I think now it’s really one of the best things that’s ever happened to me, seriously, because I’ve changed so much since then. I feel like it’s made me way mentally stronger. I feel a little bit battle-tested now.”

Aspinall’s momentum was halted when his knee gave out against Blaydes. Before suffering the injury, the Manchester native held a UFC record of 5-0, with two submissions and three KO/TKOs. Although he’s still ranked number five, Aspinall must make a statement against Marcin Tybura. 

Tom Aspinall believes a violent knockout against Marcin Tybura would put him one win away from a title shot

The UFC heavyweight division currently features two primary title contenders – Stipe Miocic and Sergei Pavlovich. If Jon Jones retires after fighting Miocic on November 11, there could be a need for another title challenger in the near future. 

Therefore, Tom Aspinall has a massive opportunity to put himself in the title shot mix with a win against Marcin Tybura. During the same interview with Brett Okamoto, Aspinall had this to say about his spot in the UFC heavyweight division:

“I think at heavyweight, it kinda has its own rules. If I’m gonna go in there against [Marcin] Tybura and lie on him for five rounds, it’s gonna be a boring fight. It’s probably not gonna move me up too much. If I go in there and knock him out with a violent knockout in thirty seconds, I think it bumps me up and everyone’s gonna be really excited about it, and then I’m probably just one fight away from a title shot.”

Before focusing on what’s next, Aspinall must get through Tybura in the upcoming UFC London main event. The 37-year-old Polish heavyweight is coming off back-to-back decision wins against Alexandr Romanov and Blagoy Ivanov. He now looks to continue climbing the rankings by taking out his English opponent on July 22.

Published on July 19, 2023 at 4:37 am
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