Interim heavyweight champ Tom Aspinall vs. Curtis Blaydes set for UFC 304 co-main occasion

by Christina S. Brown
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It’s been a pair months, however Curtis Blaydes obtained the reply he hoped for.

In March, Blaydes (18-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) took out Jailton Almeida with a second-round TKO at UFC 299 in Miami. Afterward, he stated he needed a shot at interim heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall.

Thursday, UFC CEO Dana White introduced Blaydes (18-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) has what he desires: a rematch with Aspinall (14-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) at UFC 304 (pay-per-view, ESPN, ESPN+), which is ready for July 27 in Manchester, England.

Blaydes and Aspinall first fought in July 2022 in London. Simply 15 seconds into the combat, Aspinall blew out his knee and Blaydes had a TKO win with out doing something. After a 12 months away, Aspinall returned and stopped Marcin Tybura in 73 seconds, then wanted simply 69 seconds to win the interim heavyweight title in opposition to Sergei Pavlovich this previous November.

After Blaydes beat Almeida, he dominated out preventing somebody like Ciryl Gane subsequent and stated he desires a path straight to Aspinall for a bit of the heavyweight title.

The Blaydes-Aspinall winner presumably will combat the winner of champion Jon Jones vs. former champ Stipe Miocic – supplied that winner doesn’t retire after the combat, which has been the hypothesis for every of them.

With the co-main occasion addition, the UFC 304 lineup now consists of:

  • Champ Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad – for welterweight title
  • Interim champ Tom Aspinall vs. Curtis Blaydes – for interim heavyweight title
  • Bobby Inexperienced vs. Paddy Pimblett
  • Manel Kape vs. Muhammad Mokaev
  • Arnold Allen vs. Giga Chikadze
  • Daniel Pineda vs. Nathaniel Wooden
  • Shauna Bannon vs. Ravena Oliveira
  • Bruna Brasil vs. Molly McCann

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