Aspinall Moves On From A Jon Jones Or Stipe Miocic Fight – ‘I’m Too Dangerous, Too Risky For These Guys’

February 14, 2024
2 months
Aspinall Moves On From A Jon Jones Or Stipe Miocic Fight - 'I’m Too Dangerous, Too Risky For These Guys'

UFC Heavyweight Interim Champion Tom Aspinall is moving on from a Jon Jones or Stipe Miocic fight. 

Aspinall bounced back from his knee injury against Curtis Blaydes in 2021 with first-round knockouts against Marcin Tybura and Sergei Pavlovich. After Jones pulled out of his UFC 295 title defense against Miocic with a pectoral muscle injury, Aspinall called for the Heavyweight Champion to be stripped. Jones underwent surgery for the initial injury, followed by additional elbow surgery, keeping him out longer. Dana White dismissed stripping Jones, meaning Aspinall could defend his interim belt or wait for the winner of Jones-Miocic. Now, the Brit has indicated his desire to go his own way. 

Aspinall Reacts

“I’m too dangerous, man. Simple. I’m too risky for these guys. Who knows, one day maybe when the shoe’s on the other foot, and I’m on the back end of my career, I get put in a situation like that, I’ll do the same thing. I’m not blaming anybody.

“I want to say how much respect I have for both guys. These guys are friggin’ heroes of mine. That is part of the reason that I would love to get the opportunity to fight them. But if it’s not happening, it’s not happening. And the crying’s over,” Aspinall said 

Aspinall Moves On From A Jon Jones Or Stipe Miocic Fight - 'I’m Too Dangerous, Too Risky For These Guys'
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Aspinall has been linked with fighting two-weight world champion Alex Pereira at UFC 300 in the headline event. That would require Pereira to move up from light heavyweight after beating Jiri Prochazka to win the vacant title. But the Brit has not heard anything about the fight, leaving that out of the equation. 

“On my end, I’ve heard nothing so far. As I’ve said plenty of times before, I’m not one to turn down fights. I’m not particularly looking for that fight [against Alex Pereira], but if it’s available and they offer it to me, I will take it. I’m ready to fight,” Aspinall stated 

Jones On Aspinall

Despite this, there is still a possibility that Aspinall gets the Jones fight. Outside of Miocic, Aspinall is Jones’ biggest threat. Miocic is 41, so Jones will go in as a favorite against his fellow American. If Jones were to come through with a win, there would be an immense amount of pressure on him to fight Aspinall. Outside of that, retirement could be an option. Reports did indicate that the winner of the Jones-Miocic fight could retire. But Bones has not ruled out the Aspinall fight just yet. 

“But the Tom fight is definitely not off the table. Especially with how I’ve been feeling being out here. I feel just totally reinvigorated and just re-energized just being around all these fans. So, I can’t just walk away. So, the ball is rolling in a really positive direction for me to continue my career,” Jones added 

This all depends on Jones getting back to full health and Aspinall racking up further wins. The next few months will prove crucial for both fighters. Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingnews.com

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