The bout was supposed to be a litmus test for the young heavyweight, who was riding an eight-fight winning streak. Blaydes was the highest-ranked fighter Aspinall has faced so far. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter in the end as the two competitors didn’t have a chance to get the action started.
Needless to say, fans were disappointed for both fighters. Following the deflating main event bout, UFC fans on Twitter chimed in with their thoughts on Aspinall vs. Blaydes.
The overwhelming sentiment from fans was concern for Aspinall. The young Brit suffered some sort of injury to his right leg, but without any tests, one can only speculate as to what could have been the problem.
Several Twitter users wished Aspinall a speedy recovery and expressed their eagerness to see him recover from the setback.
There are also those who pointed out that Aspinall’s injury could be a career-altering one. One Twitter user was even convinced it’s now over for the Manchester native. Meanwhile, another group of fans said they were eager to see the fight get rebooked.
Curtis Blaydes apologizes to fans for win over Tom Aspinall at UFC London
Official records state that Curtis Blaydes now has a TKO win over Tom Aspinall. However, it’s safe to assume that ‘Razor’ is unsatisfied with the manner in which he achieved this result.
The American was almost speechless during his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. Nonetheless, Blaydes remained classy as he apologized to his opponent and the fans for the disappointing result of the main event.
Addressing the UK fans, Blaydes said:
“We didn’t even fight. I wanted to come here and prove a statement. Aspinall is legit. I know a win over him would’ve shown the world I’m ready for a title shot [and] I’m legit. I wish the injury hadn’t happened. I don’t even know what to say. I’m sorry, man.”
Check out Curtis Blaydes’ interview in the clip below: