Tom Aspinall couldn’t have asked for a better return to the octagon.
Back to action after a long recovery from a knee injury, Aspinall reentered The O2 Arena in London on Saturday to headline UFC London opposite Marcin Tybura, and stopped the Polish veteran in devastating fashion to cement his position as one of the top talents in the heavyweight division. Aspinall then called out the winner of UFC Paris’ Ciryl Gane vs. Serghei Spivac, as well as UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
The flawless performance had fellow MMA fighters impressed on social media, including both Jones and Gane. Here’s how they reacted to Aspinall’s eventful night.
Sounds good lol— BONY (@JonnyBones) July 22, 2023
Great performance Tom, careful what you wish for.— Ciryl Gane (@ciryl_gane) July 22, 2023
See you in Paris
I saw the main event. Aspinal is a different breed of Heavyweight im not used to seeing.— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) July 22, 2023
Almost like when we saw Cain Velasquez for the 1st time inside the octagon.
Superb performance. #UFCLondon
Toms built different didn’t look like he skip a beat being out— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) July 22, 2023
Mannnn he’s back!!— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) July 22, 2023
Sergei vs Tom in msg— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) July 22, 2023
Tom is fast and agile for a heavyweight great performance #UFCLondon— Jake Hadley (@JakeHadleyMMA) July 22, 2023
Told y’all!!! Tom vs JJ has to happen before the GOAT hangs em up. #UFCLondon— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) July 22, 2023
Congrats Tom. Saw you heartbroken last summer in London at the hotel. So happy for your redemption victory! #UFCLondon— Nicolas “Danish Dynamite” Dalby (@DalbyMMA) July 22, 2023
Title challenger right here!! Aspinall looked beast! What a return! #UFCLondon— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 22, 2023
Those are some fast hands for a big boy. #UFCLondon— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) July 22, 2023
Aspinall vs Pavlovich is the fight to make.— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) July 22, 2023
If Jon Jones beats Stipe Miocic and retires, they can fight for the heavyweight championship. If Miocic beats Jones, they can fight in a #1 contender match.#UFCLondon
So we have a contender for the heavyweight throne? Again ? What you guys think about it ? #UFCLondon— Johnny Walker (@JohnnyWalker) July 22, 2023
Mudefaker is light on the feet…. Crazy knockout…. Aspinal is the real deal…. #UFCLondon— Renato Moicano UFC (@moicanoufc) July 22, 2023