It seems that the month of July has not been good for the UFC. One after another event could not meet the expectations of the UFC. Earlier we saw Brian Ortega's July 16th clash against Yair Rodriguez go down with a shoulder injury and then we see a highly anticipated heavyweight matchup between Curtis Blaydes and Tom Aspinall that ended in just 15 seconds in the first round.
UFC Fight Night 208: Blaydes vs. Aspinall airs live from The O2 Arena in London, England on Saturday, July 2. Curtis Blaydes (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) defeated Aspinall (12-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) by injury TKO in the first round after Aspinall blew out his right knee just 15 seconds into the fight.
The two fighters exchang began almost immediately. Aspinall lands three leg kicks in a row, then Aspinall goes down in pain. It is not certain whether Aspinall injured his knee from the kick or when he stepped back. But the fight was over. Blaydes is your winner. Terrible way to end a card.
"This fight is like we never got in the Octagon," Blaydes said after the win. "I wanted to come out here to prove a point. Aspinall is legit. I don't even know what to say. I'm sorry, man. We didn't really get exposure for either of us. I came here. and wanted to see who had the better stuff."
In other bouts featured on the card, Paddy Pimblett (18-3) takes on Jordan Levitt (10-1) at lightweight, Alexander Gustafsson (18-7) takes on Nikita Krylov (27-9) at light heavyweight and Hannah Goldy will be from (6 -2). She faces Molly McCann (12-4) in the women's flyweight division. Also, Volkan Oezdemir (17-6) meets Paul Craig (16-4-1) at light heavyweight.
UFC Fight Night 208 results include:
Curtis Blaydes def. Tom Aspinall via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 0:15
Jack Hermansson def. Chris Curtis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Paddy Pimblett def. Jordan Leavitt via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:46
Nikita Krylov def. Alexander Gustafsson knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:07
Molly McCann def. Hannah Goldy via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:52
Volkan Oezdemir def. Paul Craig via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ludovit Klein def. Mason Jones via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Marc Diakiese def. Damir Hadzovic via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Nathaniel Wood def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Jonathan Pearce def. Makwan Amirkhani via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:10
Muhammad Mokaev def. Charles Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jai Herbert def. Kyle Nelson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Victoria Leonardo def. Mandy Bohm via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nicolas Dalby def. Claudio Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)