Briton Tom Aspinall needed only one round to defeat Russian Alexander Volkov at the UFC London tournament.
This week, the heavyweight took center stage for the first time as a protagonist and scored the biggest win of his career.
The 28-year-old Aspinall is now set to take on the No. 3 ranked heavyweight Ty Tuivasa.
“I’ve been telling you all week that I was born for this. I’m ready,” Aspinall said.
“We drink beer in the UK, not just in Australia. Next time you’re in the UK, Mr Tai Tuivasa, let’s do it bro.”
Aspinall was considered a future UFC champion and showed no signs of nervousness in his first UFC main event slot.
The Manchester native fought an experienced opponent in the Russian Volkov, but approached the matter with caution and was happy to compete on the ground.
Volkov had problems with Aspinall at the top, avoiding a kimura attempt early on and getting back on his feet. But Aspinall managed to bring down Volkov again, and this time he was not mistaken, providing a direct submission.
Allen stops Hooker in perfect execution
Arnold Allen stopped Dan Hooker in the first round for the biggest win of his UFC career in the co-main event.
Hooker was injured during a wild exchange early in the match when Allen landed heavy hooks to the New Zealander’s head.
The TKO victory extends Allen’s UFC winning streak to nine fights in what could be an important year for the 28-year-old Ipswich fighter.
“I know how hard I hit. I knock people out. I have fast legs and I was throwing,” Allen said.
Allen was seventh before the Hooker fight and is keen to get back up and fight fifth-place contender Calvin Kattar.
Calvin Kattar. Why not?” he said when asked which opponent he would like next.