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Jon Jones Casts Doubt on Tom Aspinall's Chances Against Curtis Blaydes

UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones has expressed skepticism regarding Tom Aspinall's ability to triumph over Curtis Blaydes in their upcoming bout. The British fighter is set to compete in the co-main event of UFC 304 in Manchester, marking his first title defense since winning interim gold by defeating Sergei Pavlovich.

Jon Jones

Despite Aspinall's impressive victory, Jones believes the British heavyweight faces a tough challenge in Curtis Blaydes, who previously defeated Aspinall by first-round stoppage due to injury in 2022. For many fans, the announcement of this fight was significant, as it keeps the possibility alive of a future clash between Jon Jones and Tom Aspinall. However, Jones has his doubts about Aspinall's ability to overcome Blaydes.

In a recent Q&A session on X, Jones shared his thoughts on the UFC 304 co-main event. Although Aspinall is favored to win, Jones suggested that Blaydes could pull off an upset. He pointed out that Aspinall has shown vulnerability in past fights, which could be exploited by Blaydes.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Curtis won, I’ve seen scenarios like this time and time again,” Jones remarked. “Dude prematurely drinking his own Kool-Aid ends up with a huge piece of humble pie. I mean, if Sergei can touch Tom that easily, I’m sure Curtis can too.
When Curtis decides to go, he’s a lot faster than people realize, and he hits hard. A few well-timed shots and that strong top game, it could be a long night for old Tommy boy. Either way, I’ll be watching, excited to have some additional footage.”

Jones also admitted to having a preference for American fighters, especially wrestlers, but acknowledged that Blaydes would be a formidable opponent for anyone.

“Sure, if I’m being completely honest, I always root for the Americans... especially American wrestlers... at the end of the day, no matter who wins, Curtis is no walk in the park either. The only lane I’ve ever known, the fast one. I know no other speed. Can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at the big boy table.”

As Jon Jones prepares for his own bout against Stipe Miocic later this year, fans eagerly anticipate the outcomes of these critical heavyweight clashes. Should both Jones and Aspinall emerge victorious, a future showdown between the two could become a reality, setting the stage for an epic battle in the heavyweight division.


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