UK heavyweight stand-out Tom Aspinall believes his opponent at UFC London is the ‘toughest challenge’ in the division.
The team Kaobon fighter is confident in stating his opponent on fight night; Curtis Blaydes offers a harder contest than current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and even one of the greatest fighters of all time in, Jon Jones.
Tom Aspinall on Curtis Blaydes
“In my opinion, Curtis Blaydes is the toughest challenge in the division. So, for me to look past that, it’s basically suicide,” Aspinall told talkSPORT.
“I’m definitely not doing that. Without sounding arrogant or anything, I couldn’t care less about what the other people are doing.
“When I’ve got a fight, all I’m thinking about is my opponent. I couldn’t care less about what anybody else does. For me, I think if I start thinking about other opponents. I’m just taking my eye off the challenge in front of me.”
Suppose Aspinall is to leave the O2 Arena victorious. In that case, it will leave him in an outstanding position within the division and would allow him to certainly make his claim for the next shot at Francis Ngannou.
Despite cruising his way through his previous opponents, Aspinall is under no illusion that anything can happen in the sport, especially among the heavyweights. The 29-year-old thinks Ngannou’s championship period comes crashing down with a clean shot from him or anyone else in the division.
“It’s heavyweight MMA, you can’t be surprised by anything. Not even in this division, but in this sport, you can never be surprised. The heavyweights are so big, we can all beat each other,” Aspinall said.
“Ngannou is the champion right now. I know Ngannou is a devastating puncher but if someone lands clean on his chin, he’s going over just like anyone else. That’s just the nature of our division. We can all beat each other.”
On Saturday night, the 29-year-old will headline in London for the second time this year and hope to replicate the recent success in March and climb to (13-2) in his professional career.
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