Weeks after Ciryl Gane rejection, Tom Aspinall views next potential opponent in Sergei Pavlovich

In the exciting UFC heavyweight division, British contender Tom Aspinall is focusing on what could be one of the most exciting matchups in the weight class. Aspinall is gunning for a fight with the number two contender.

Aspinall, being very excited about this potential fight, sees it as a clash that could ignite the entire heavyweight division. He understands the high stakes and the excitement surrounding the idea. Aspinall last fought at the recent fight night in London, winning via KO.

Tom Aspinall sees Pavlovich as next opponent

Tom Aspinall in a recent episode of UFC Unfiltered said that he sees Sergei Pavlovich as his next opponent. He further noted that he and the Russian were the fighters with a low average time inside the octagon.

Aspinall’s desire to fight Sergei Pavlovich as his next opponent showcases his competitive drive and ambition. Aspinall’s recognition of Pavlovich as a potential adversary demonstrates his readiness to take on top contenders as he pursues the goal of becoming the UFC heavyweight champion.

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A bout with Pavlovich would present a formidable challenge for Aspinall. Both fighters have already demonstrated knockout abilities and success in the octagon. Such a matchup would undoubtedly excite the MMA community to the fullest. Both fighters have gained attention as potential future champions. They have a combined total of 25 knockouts in their 31 career victories.

However, the future of the heavyweight division is uncertain. This is because of the upcoming title fight between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic. Jones and Miocic have hinted at retirement after UFC 295. This puts the heavyweight division in a vulnerable state.

Gane rejected Aspinall call out

After the victory at UFC Paris against Sergey Spivak, Ciryl Gane respectfully declined Tom Aspinall’s challenge. He explained that it doesn’t align with his current career goals. Gane, the No. 1-ranked UFC heavyweight contender has made it clear that his primary objective is to earn a shot at the UFC heavyweight championship.

Aspinall had expressed a strong desire to face Gane to advance in the aftermath of UFC London’s victory over Marcin Tybura. However, ‘Bon Gamin’ has different priorities at this time. His ultimate goal is to compete for the heavyweight title again.

From his perspective, moving down the rankings to fight Tom Aspinall does not align logically with his plans, considering the calculated risks he has taken earlier in his career. In response to Aspinall’s previous challenge, Gane reflected on past career decisions and highlighted his determination to regain the heavyweight championship.

However, If both Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic, after fighting at UFC 295, choose to retire, Gane may find himself in a position where he needs to compete for a vacant title or secure another significant victory to earn his third title opportunity.

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