Tom Aspinall’s horror knee injury ends UFC London main event after 16 seconds

Tom Aspinall's heavyweight main event against Curtis Blaydes at UFC London ended after just 16 seconds on Saturday evening (July 23) after he collapsed with a horror knee injury.

The 29-year-old lost by TKO to the American with referee Herb Dean calling a stoppage to the bout after Aspinall fell backwards and let out a shout of pain.

The pair exchanged heavy shots culminating in a right leg kick from Aspinall, which looked innocuous until he fell onto his back after putting weight on the compromised limb.

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Aspinall went into the fight ranked #6 in the UFC heavyweight standings to the #4 of Blaydes, aiming to edge ever closer to a title fight, having won his first five bouts in the promotion.

The 29-year-old had previously admitted that whatever happened the night wouldn't have been as perfect as his comprehensive triumph over Alexander Volkov in March.

Aspinall told Daily Star Sport: "It doesn't go more perfect than that.

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"I'm never going to have a fight as good as that again. I happy it went that way, because I'm not going to get that again."

Aspinall had planned to take his UFC career slowly before his momentous rise up the rankings was kickstarted and being picked to headline two bouts within just five months.

The heavyweight division remains in a state of uncertainty with president Dana White hoping to see champion Francis Ngannou again before the year is up, with Cyril Gane taking on Tai Tuivasa in September.

Earlier on the night, Nicolas Dalby beat Claudio Silva by unanimous decision with Victoria Leonardo securing victory over Mandy Bohm by the same method.

Up next was the Black Country Banger Jai Herbert, who took on Canadian Kyle Nelson and claimed a unanimous decision victory as did Muhammad Mokaev over Charles Johnson.

The first stoppage of the night came at the hands of Jonathan Pearce who wore down Makwan Amirkhani to secure a second round finish before Nathaniel Wood got back to winning ways after a war with Charles Rosa.

Fellow Brit Marc Diakiese then made it four in a row for the home favourites by seeing off the threat of Damir Hadzovic over three rounds at lightweight.

Wales' Mason Jones then took on Slovakia's Ludovit Klein in a pulsating lightweight bout that somehow went the three-round distance in the favour of the latter.

Opening up the main card was Paul Craig who took on former light heavyweight title challenger Volkan Oezdemir who ended the Scot's winning streak by unanimous decision.

McCann was on hand to get the crowd back on their feet with a first-round stoppage victory over Hannah Goldy, after which she mocked her beloved Everton.

Former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson was then demolished by Nikita Krylov in just over a minute to get back to winning ways.

Paddy Pimblett then lifted the crowd into raptures with his impressive victory over Jordan Leavitt which he emotionally dedicated to late four-year old baby Lee and a close friend who passed away this week.


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