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Curtis Blaydes wins by injury TKO over Tom Aspinall

Jul 23, 2022; London, United Kingdom;  Tom Aspinall (blue gloves) falls to the ground while fighting Curtis Blaydes during UFC Fight Night at O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

Curtis Blaydes recorded a TKO victory over Tom Aspinall 15 seconds into Round 1 of their heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London when the English fighter suffered a freak knee injury.

Aspinall delivered an outside leg kick but then grabbed his right knee in pain while bringing his leg back. Aspinall left the ring in O2 Arena on a cart with a splint on his right leg.

Blaydes improved to 17-3 (11-3 UFC) but said afterward that’s not how he wanted it.

“It’s almost like we didn’t even fight,” Blaydes said. “I wanted to come here, prove a statement. Aspinall is legit. I know a win over him would’ve shown the world I’m ready for a title shot, I’m legit. I wish the injury hadn’t happened. I don’t even know what to say.”

“I’m sorry, man, sorry,” Blaydes said, toward Aspinall.

Aspinall, who falls to 12-3, had been 5-0 in UFC coming into the bout.

–Field Level Media