Aspinall captured the interim heavyweight belt at UFC 295 (Picture: Getty)Tom Aspinall has turned his consideration to former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic for his subsequent battle as he appears to be like to arrange for a possible unification bout with Jon Jones.
The Manchester-based heavyweight grew to become solely the third British fighter to grow to be a UFC champion after he produced a shocking first-round knockout of Sergei Pavlovich to seize the interim heavyweight title.
In the wake of his victory, Aspinall had referred to as out Jones – the undisputed champion – who had initially been scheduled to headline the cardboard in Maddison Square Garden earlier than pulling out with harm.
However, the American has now undergone surgical procedure on his torn pectoral tendon and faces a prolonged spell out of the Octagon as he continues his rehabilitation.
Eager to battle once more earlier than a possible unification bout, the 30-year-old has now set his sights on former champion Miocic who was initially scheduled to battle Jones earlier than his harm.
‘Jones is out for the foreseeable, in all probability for the subsequent 12 months, so within the meantime, I ought to battle Stipe,’ Aspinall mentioned, chatting with Sky Sports at Old Trafford.
‘Stipe was going to battle Jones, Jones pulled out, so me and Stipe are subsequent I reckon.’
Miocic hasn’t fought since March 2021 when he suffered an emphatic second-round knockout defeat towards Francis Ngannou to lose his heavyweight belt.
The 41-year-old continues to be thought to be one in all UFC’s greatest heavyweights, although, and holds the document for probably the most defences of the heavyweight title (4).
In the aftermath of Aspinall’s victory over Pavlovich, UFC President Dana White had alluded that Miocic continues to be subsequent in line to battle Jones, regardless of not holding the interim belt.
‘That’s the battle they need, that’s the battle that is sensible, that’s the battle that ought to occur,’ White had mentioned.
‘We’ll see what occurs. [Aspinall] took this battle on brief discover, clearly he regarded nice. He’s bought loads of cash to sit back out for a minute, and we’ll see.’
However, the severity of Jones’s harm might pressure White right into a rethink out of a worry of holding up the heavyweight division once more given there was only one undisputed title battle within the final 31 months.
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