Tom Aspinall will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon to face Poland’s Marcin Tybura at UFC London this weekend.
The 30-year-old suffered a horrible knee injury during his clash with Curtis Blaydes last year, but he is back and ready to continue his MMA career.
After the fight, it was revealed that Aspinall suffered ligament damage to his ACL and MCL, so to be ready to fight again already is a testament to the Brit.
Aspinall’s opponent Tybura is seven years older and has been fighting in UFC since 2016, so he has plenty of experience.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Molly McCann will also return after her defeat to Erin Blanchfield in November 2022.
‘Meatball’ is one of the biggest British MMA stars and will look to get back on track against Lithuania’s Julija Stoliarenko.
Aspinall vs Tybura: Date and how to follow
The main event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 22 and is being held at The O2 Arena in London.
The prelim action will start at 6pm on the night with the main card kicking off at 8pm.
The action is set to be broadcast on BT Sport 1, with their coverage starting at 6pm.
BT Sport customers can also stream the match through their mobile devices or laptops through the BT Sport App.
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UFC London: Fight card
Subject to change
- Main Event: Tom Aspinall vs Marcin Tybura
- Molly McCann vs Julija Stoliarenko
- Nathaniel Wood vs. Andre Fili
- Paul Craig vs. Andre Muniz
- Jai Herbert vs. Fares Ziam
- Lerone Murphy vs. Joshua Culibao
- Davey Grant vs. Daniel Marcos
- Danny Roberts vs. Jonny Parsons
- Marc Diakiese vs. Joel Alvarez
- Mick Parkin vs. Jamal Pogues
- Makhmud Muradov vs. Bryan Barberena
- Ketlen Vieira vs. Pannie Kianzad
- Chris Duncan vs. Yanal Ashmouz
- Shauna Bannon vs. Bruna Brasil
- Jafel Filho vs. Daniel Barez
UFC London: What has been said?
Aspinall: “To be honest, I think I had one of the best years of my life.
“I had so much personal growth out of the experience, and I think my mind is just in a really good place now.
“Any athlete will tell you that your mind is one of the most important tools you can use.
“I think I was a little bit burnt out before – I was so active and going back-to-back-to-back-to-back with fights constantly.
“Everything was going so smoothly, I had no push-back on anything, whereas now I appreciate everything.
“I appreciate going in there in nine weeks’ time, being able to earn money and get respect from doing what I love.”
Meanwhile, McCann is determined to back to winning ways, she said: “If I feel like I just want to focus on me for a bit, I will.
“Being successful in the octagon, that’s the important bit for me.
“I just need to get a couple of wins back.
“Two of my last three losses have come to title contenders [Taila Santos and Blanchfield], so it’s not a bad place to be really.”
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