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‘A beer makes everything better’ – Tom Aspinall shares a pint with Curtis Blaydes after suffering freak injury 15 seconds after UFC London main event


British heavyweight Tom Aspinall drowned his sorrows with opponent Curtis Blaydes after their main event at UFC London came to a disappointing conclusion.

This is the second consecutive UFC main event that ended prematurely due to injury after Brian Ortega suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first round of his featherweight bout against top contender Yair. Rodriguez at UFC Long Island last week.

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UFC London main event was over before it started

Aspinall’s fight with Blaydes, which had title implications, was over before it really started as the fan favorite dropped to the floor and grabbed his knee after landing a kick on his opponent during the opposing moments of the fight.

Veteran referee Herb Dean immediately stepped in and left the fight after just 15 seconds, disappointing the thousands of fans at the O2 Arena hoping to see the Englishman claim his sixth UFC victory.

The 29-year-old was treated on the Octagon floor by several medics over the next five minutes before being loaded onto a stretcher and carried out of the arena in tears.

In a beautiful moment of sportsmanship, Blaydes went to visit his opponent after the fight and the pair shared a beer which apparently sweetened what was truly a blow for the Atherton man.

‘A beer makes everything better’ – Tom Aspinall shares a pint with Curtis Blaydes after suffering freak injury 15 seconds after UFC London main event

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UFC heavyweight fighters bonded over a beer after their match ended unhappily

‘A beer makes everything better’ – Tom Aspinall shares a pint with Curtis Blaydes after suffering freak injury 15 seconds after UFC London main event

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Aspinall looked much happier than he did leaving the Octagon


“A beer makes everything better. What a guy, the great Curtis and his team came over to say hello. Abnormal accidents happen unfortunately, tonight was not my night. Love you all xx,” Aspinall wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of him and Blaydes drinking beer.

The 6ft 5in Briton was riding high as he entered UFC London after picking up five stoppage wins since joining the promotion in 2020. In March he stopped Alexander Volkov in one round before kicking off in a two-day drinking spree to celebrate.

“I celebrated being awake for two days [laughs]. There was no way I could have slept. I just accepted the fact that I couldn’t sleep and just drank all the time. We had a great time afterwards,” Aspinall.

Although the severity of Aspinall’s injury is unclear, it seems much more likely that these next two days will be spent assessing the damage, developing a recovery plan and working out plans. a path back to the title after his first loss in the UFC.

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