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Tom Aspinall Knocks Out Pavlovich, Claims Interim UFC Heavyweight Title in 69 Seconds



In a whirlwind turn of events, Tom Aspinall catapulted himself into the spotlight, clinching the UFC interim heavyweight title with a jaw-dropping knockout just 69 seconds into the fight against Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295.

A mere few weeks ago, Aspinall was patiently awaiting news of his next bout. However, fate intervened when Jon Jones suffered a torn pectoral muscle, creating an opening for Aspinall to seize the opportunity of a lifetime. The result? An electrifying performance that left Pavlovich dazed and Aspinall with a UFC title wrapped around his waist.


The fight began with both warriors launching into action, Pavlovich landing the initial blow that momentarily seemed to shake Aspinall. Undeterred, the British heavyweight swiftly regained his composure. The pivotal moment arrived in the next exchange, as Aspinall unleashed a thunderous right hand that rattled Pavlovich to his core.




What followed was a sequence of devastating blows, culminating in a final punch that sent Pavlovich crashing to the canvas. The referee wasted no time stepping in to halt the bout, declaring Aspinall the victor and the new interim heavyweight champion.

Amidst the chaos of the post-fight celebration, Aspinall expressed the intensity of the moment, saying,


“It’s been a crazy two and a half weeks. He’s a big scary guy. I’ve never been as scared in my life as fighting this guy, but you know what? I’ve got a lot of power too, and I believe in myself. I really believe in myself.”

Since his arrival in the UFC, Aspinall has been hailed as the future of the heavyweight division. This monumental victory solidifies his status as a force to be reckoned with, living up to the lofty expectations placed upon him.

While awaiting Jon Jones's return in 2024 for a planned bout against Stipe Miocic, Aspinall can relish in the glory of his interim title, polishing it until the day he has the chance to claim the undisputed UFC heavyweight championship.

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