Tom Aspinall looked like a legit heavyweight contender earlier tonight (Sat., Feb. 20, 2021) at UFC Vegas 19 live on ESPN+ from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, when the English prospect finished former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski via second-round submission (rear-naked choke).
It didn’t take Aspinall long to land his quick punches on Arlovski and back the veteran up to the cage. Arlovski ate some heavy shots and even seemed to break his nose in an exchange, but “Pitbull” weathered the storm and started to take back some momentum.
Arlovski kept busy entering the second round before Aspinall blasted inside for a double-leg takedown. Aspinal waited for Arlovski to move along the cage before he took his back and sunk in the submission finish.
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This is an absolute monster win for Aspinall as the heavyweight contender pushes his UFC record to 3-0 since making his debut last July. Arlovski is not the same fighter he once was but Aspinall looked levels above him tonight and should land an even bigger matchup his next time around.
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