Local UFC prospect, Tom Aspinall, will take on former UFC heavyweight champion, Andre Arlovksi on Sunday in Las Vegas.
The Wigan local began his UFC career 2-0, and now looks to extend his professional win streak to six, after dispatching his last five opponents by technical or straight knockout.
Training with Merseyside’s Team Kaobon, Aspinall’s eight-year career could propel forward on Saturday night, with a win over a seasoned veteran in Arlovski.
His consistent training with UFC Middleweight, Darren Till, will be an invaluable asset in sharpening his tool arsenal ahead of his latest Heavyweight clash.
Aspinall was just eleven years old when Arlovski first saw UFC gold in 2005, and since then the dance partners have fought 49 times between each other, combining for 31 wins in the last 16 years.
"I want the easiest fights for the most money, and get to the title as easy as possible, and then retire"
— The Bash MMA (@TheBashMMA) February 10, 2021
In what looks set to be an all important bout for both parties, the stages of career is what separates the two generational talents. A win for the Englishman would not only extend his winning streak as a professional, but will undoubtedly catch the eye of the UFC top 15 heavyweights.
On the other hand, a win for the legendary Arlovski would see his streak return to four straight in the promotion, giving him what would seem like one last crack at a title run before he hangs the gloves up for good.
42-year-old Andrei Arlovski is making his 34th walk to the UFC Octagon Saturday. This legend made his UFC debut at UFC 28 in November 17th, 2000. Some of you Twitter personalities weren't born then. He is a +220 dog facing Tom Aspinall.
— Enfuego (@Enfuego101) February 15, 2021
A bout like this always begs the age old question: Does youth prevail over experience?
A tactical stand-up bout is in the works, with the added mystery of heavyweight power thrown into the equation. There is always a chance that one of contenders goes to sleep.
The bout is scheduled for around 2AM, Sunday 21st February.