Settled over a pint! UFC heavyweights Tom Aspinall and Curtis Blaydes share a drink after their main event clash at UFC London ended after just 15 seconds following Brit’s freak knee injury
- Tom Aspinall and Curtis Blaydes faced off in Saturday’s UFC London main event
- But Aspinall suffered a severe knee injury just 15 seconds into the first round
- The pair then joined up for a drink following their fight’s unfortunate ending
Heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall had some unlikely company as he drowned his sorrows after his UFC London defeat- his opponent Curtis Blaydes joining him for a post-fight pint.
In a bout that was set to determine the next championship contender in the heavyweight division, the pair had been scheduled to fight five five-minute rounds in front of a packed crowd at the O2 Arena in the main event at UFC London.
However, after a wild first exchange, Aspinall went down in agony after just 15 seconds clutching his right knee, leading referee Herb Dean to rule Blaydes the TKO winner via injury.
Curtis Blaydes (left) and Tom Aspinall (right) share a drink after their ill-fated UFC main event
29-year-old Aspinall is escorted from the Octagon after suffering a freak knee injury
The injury serves a massive set-back for Atherton-born Aspinall, who has enjoyed a spectacular ascent up the heavyweight ranks since signing for the UFC in 2020.
In a photo shared to his Instagram account following the action, Aspinall embraced his opponent and the two shared a drink together.
‘A beer makes everything feel better. What a guy, big Curtis and his team popped up to say hello.’ Aspinall wrote.
‘Freak accidents happen unfortunately, tonight wasn’t my night. Love u all xx’
Despite the main event’s unfortunate conclusion, the UFC’s return to London still provided an excellent showcase of British MMA.
Featherweight Nathaniel Wood made a triumphant return to action against American Charles Rosa, winning a unanimous decision after an action-packed three-round fight.
Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann delighted the crowd London with their stoppage wins
On the main card, fan favourites Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann were also in great form in front of the ecstatic crowd.
McCann scored a second successive UFC knockout in a fight against Hannah Goldy, landing her now-patented spinning elbow before finishing off her opponent in the first round.
Meanwhile Pimblett endured some early hardship to submit Jordan Leavitt in the second round, before delivering an impassioned post-fight speech in support of men’s mental health while paying tribute to a recently-deceased friend.
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