Tom Aspinall wins title, floors Sergei Pavlovich with thunderous first round KO – UFC 295 Highlights

Tom Aspinall wins title lands thunderous first round KO over Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295 Highlights

In a spectauclar year for Atherton native, Tom Aspinall, returning from a catastrophic knee in injury just last summer, can call himself the first UFC heavyweight champion from the UK — landing interim divisional gold with a massive first round knockout win over streaking Russian finisher, Sergei Pavlovich in the co-main event of UFC 295 at Madison Square Garden.

Aspinall, who entered tonight’s co-headlining interim title fight with Pavlovich as the number four ranked contender, rebounded from a brutal knee injury back in July on home soil at UFC London, stopping Marcin Tybura with a first round knockout win.

And co-headlining UFC 295 tonight in New York, Tom Aspinall joined welterweight champion, Leon Edwards as an Octagon gold holder hailing from England — flooring Russian force, Pavlovich with a brutal opening round KO win at ‘The Mecca’ — bringing a crashing end to the former Fight Nights Global titleholder’s six-fight run of consecutive knockout wins.

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With the victory, Aspinall has been tipped to fight for undisputed heavyweight gold in an eventual unification fight against fellow champion, Jon Jones, or former champion, Stipe Miocic — who are expected to compete for the championship in a reworked bout at some stage next year.

Below, catch the highlights from Tom Aspinall’s title win over Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295