Tom Aspinall is an English professional MMA Fighter who competes in the Heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Following in His Father's Footsteps: Aspinall's Martial Arts Beginnings
At the young age of seven, Thomas Aspinall embarked on his martial arts journey, inspired by his father's passion for the sport. He started his training in various martial arts disciplines and later delved into wrestling, boxing, and eventually transitioned to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Notably, Aspinall achieved success in the British Open for Brazilian jiu-jitsu across different belt classes, except the black belt.
Growing Pains and Mixed Martial Arts Interest
As he grew older, Thomas Aspinall experienced an impressive growth spurt, shooting up from 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) to 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) in just one year, causing him intense growing pains. During this period, his father became the jiu-jitsu instructor of Team Kaobon, which piqued Aspinall's interest in mixed martial arts. Subsequently, he made the transition to compete in the sport he had grown passionate about.
Signing with Cage Warriors and Turning Down UFC
After a 2.5-year hiatus from professional mixed martial arts, Aspinall signed a five-fight contract with Cage Warriors. Despite being offered a contract by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he felt it necessary to further hone his skills and turned down the opportunity initially. However, after achieving two impressive finishes in Cage Warriors, Aspinall eventually earned a spot in the UFC.
UFC Debut and Performance of the Night Award
Originally scheduled to make his promotional debut against Raphael Pessoa, the bout was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Aspinall finally made his UFC debut against Jake Collier on July 25, 2020, and secured a victory via technical knockout in the first round, earning him the Performance of the Night award.
Impressive Victories and Performance Bonuses
Aspinall continued to impress in the UFC with a series of victories. He secured a first-round technical knockout against Alan Baudot at UFC Fight Night: Moraes vs. Sandhagen and earned another Performance of the Night award. He followed this up with a submission win against Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis, claiming yet another Performance of the Night bonus.
Aspinall's third Performance of the Night award came after his victory against Sergey Spivak at UFC Fight Night 191.
Knee Injury and Recent Bout
In his fight against Curtis Blaydes at UFC Fight Night 208, Thomas Aspinall suffered a knee injury and lost via technical knockout just 15 seconds into the first round.
Aspinall's Next Challenge: Facing Marcin Tybura
Scheduled to take place on July 22, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 224, Thomas Aspinall is set to face Marcin Tybura in what promises to be an exciting heavyweight showdown.
With his impressive skills and performances inside the octagon, Thomas Paul Aspinall continues to make his mark in the world of professional mixed martial arts. Fans eagerly anticipate his future bouts as he climbs the ranks of the heavyweight division in the UFC.