UFC London takeaways — Resetting the heavyweight title mix after Blaydes-Aspinall

UFC London takeaways — Resetting the heavyweight title mix after Blaydes-Aspinall

Published July 24, 2022
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Raimondi: The UFC has had a pair of excellent main events for the last two weeks. Both fights — Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez and Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall — were designed to bring clarity to the top of their respective divisions, featherweight and heavyweight. Unfortunately, neither fight could deliver that due to regrettable injuries suffered by Ortega and Aspinall in the first rounds.

On Saturday, in the opening seconds, Aspinall suffered a knee injury during an exchange with Blaydes. He went down after throwing a leg kick, clutching the joint and clearly in a lot of pain. It seemed to be just an accident that wasn’t caused by anything in particular. But Blaydes was awarded the TKO win due to the injury.

• Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall • Jack Hermansson vs. Chris Curtis • Paddy Pimblett vs. Jordan Leavitt • Nikita Krylov vs. Alexander Gustafsson • Molly McCann vs. Hannah Goldy • Paul Craig vs. Volkan Oezdemir • Mason Jones vs. Ludovit Klein • Marc Diakiese vs. Damir Hadzovic • Nathaniel Wood vs. Charles Rosa • Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jonathan Pearce • Muhammad Mokaev vs. Charles Johnson • Jai Herbert vs. Kyle Nelson • Mandy Bohm vs. Victoria Leonardo • Claudio Silva vs. Nicolas Dalby

ESPN had Blaydes ranked No. 4 at heavyweight and Aspinall No. 6. The headlining fight in London — Aspinall is from England — was supposed to hash out one of the next top contenders for the UFC heavyweight title. Francis Ngannou is still out due to knee surgery. Many believe former champion Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones could fight later this year for the interim belt, though it’s dependent on Ngannou’s recovery.