Born in Greater Manchester, Tom Aspinall has certainly made a name for himself in UFC after some impressive displays in the heavyweight division.
The 30-year-old has had 16 MMA/UFC heavyweight fights to date, recording 13 victories and losing just three times.
Aspinall’s first fight came back in December 2014, when he went up against Michael Piszczek in an MMA contest in the UK - a clash he won by submission.
The Wigan-based fighter began his UFC career in July 2020, starting with a TKO victory over American mixed martial artist Jake Collier in Abu Dhabi.
His only defeat to date in the franchise came in July 2022, when a serious knee injury saw him lose to Curtis Blaydes after just 15 seconds of their bout.
Nine of Aspinall’s 13 victories have come via TKO, while three of his wins have been by submission - including his March 2022 success over Russia’s Alexander Volkov.
Tom Aspinall v Sergei Pavlovich - 11th November 2023
New York will be the venue for Aspinall’s next contest, when he goes head-to-head with Sergei Pavlovich on 11th November 2023.
The bout, which is on the same card that includes Prochazka v Pereira, takes place at the iconic Madison Square Garden.
Southpaw Pavlovich, who is a year older than Aspinall, has had 19 fights to date and lost just once - which came in his first UFC fight against Alistair Overeem in November 2018.
Aspinall’s most recent fight came at the O2 Arena in London back in July 2023, when he came up against Poland’s Marcin Tybura.
It was his first UFC encounter in 12 months, due to injury, and he showed no signs of rustiness.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt took just 1 minute and 13 seconds to beat Tybura, with Aspinall claiming a KO success in what was the main event on the seven-fight card.
Aspinall was born in Leigh on 11th April, 1993 and started training at martial arts at the age of just seven.
The Englishman is 6ft 5in tall (196 cm) and has a 78 inch reach (198 cm).
Aspinall fights in the heavyweight category and weighs in at 257 lb (18st 5lb).
After suffering a knee injury in his 2022 fight with Blaydes, Aspinall was sidelined for over a year and didn’t return to the ring until July 2023.
The English fighter suffered a torn MCL and also damaged his ACL, when his right knee buckled while trying to throw a kick just 15 seconds into the clash.
Aspinall was forced to undergo surgery to the knee and the fighter admitted on his return that he was "sick of speaking about the injury".
The former sparring partner of Tyson Fury has moved up to number five in the UFC heavyweight rankings ahead of his third US fight in November.