Saturday’s heavyweight headliner at The O2 in London was brought to an abrupt end just 15 seconds in when Aspinall (12-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) suffered a knee injury that sent him to the canvas in agony. His opponent Curtis Blaydes (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) was awarded the win by TKO, and it looked like a grim scene for the British fighter.
Aspinall has not revealed the extent of his injuries, but deemed it a “freak accident.” He appears to be in good spirits, and even shared a beer with Blaydes in the fighter hotel in the aftermath of the event (via Instagram):
A beer makes everything feel better. What a guy, big Curtis and his team popped up to say hello. Freak accidents happen unfortunately, tonight wasn’t my night. Love u all xx
What the future holds for Aspinall remains a mystery after he suffered his fist loss since joining the promotion six fights ago.
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