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Tom Aspinall will headline UFC London against No Curtis Blaydes on July 23 as fight is confirmed

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EXCLUSIVE: British heavyweight sensation Tom Aspinall will headline UFC London against No 4-ranked Curtis Blaydes on July 23

  • Tom Aspinall is fighting Curtis Blaydes in headline act of UFC London in July 
  • Heavyweight showdown can now be officially confirmed as main event 
  • Aspinall stole the show in March with first-round victory over Alexander Volkov 
  • He has risen to No 6 in the rankings, two places behind the American 

British heavyweight star Tom Aspinall will fight Curtis Blaydes in the headline act of UFC London on July 23, Sportsmail can exclusively confirm. 

Aspinall stole the show at the O2 Arena back in March with a first-round finish of Alexander Volkov. 

He surged to No 6 in the rankings and with Blaydes at No 4, the winner will have a legitimate claim to a title shot with victory, whether that be interim or otherwise. 

Tom Aspinall will fight Curtis Blaydes in a huge heavyweight match-up this July 

Blaydes (right) is a legitimate contender and will provide a tough test for Aspinall

Blaydes (right) is a legitimate contender and will provide a tough test for Aspinall

Aspinall tore through Volkov to put the division on notice but his July 23 opponent will provide a stern examination.

Blaydes is a powerful wrestler and on paper at least will be the most formidable opponent Aspinall has faced in that department. 

But ‘Razor’ will be wading into enemy territory and what will be a hostile atmosphere. The 31-year-old has won six of his last seven, most recently knocking out Chris Daukaus. 

The O2 Arena erupted back in March when Aspinall polished off his Russian foe and the card will again be stacked with British talent. 

Aspinall dominated Alexander Volkov and recently teased another big fight

Aspinall dominated Alexander Volkov and recently teased another big fight 

There was incredible demand for tickets in March when the UFC returned to the UK for the first time in three years, owing to the pandemic. 

And no doubt there will be an even greater frenzy this time around, despite the fact that July 23 could clash with Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.  

Elsewhere on the card, Darren Till is set to face Jack Hermansson and the Liverpool fan favourite is in desperate need of a victory having had his hand raised just once in his last five encounters. 

Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann thrived at UFC London back in March and could also feature

Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann thrived at UFC London back in March and could also feature

Molly McCann, Mohammed Mokaev, Paddy Pimblett and Paul Craig could also take centre stage and there will be a litany of British fighters clambering to compete. 

UFC president Dana White was so invigorated by the atmosphere and occasion back in March that he immediately decided to return this year. 

July is earlier than expected but with such a wealth of British talent gradually rising through various divisions, a golden era is well underway.  

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