Tom Aspinall dominated in the UFC Vegas 36 co-main event, defeating Sergey Spivak in the first round via TKO.
With UFC Vegas 36 originally targeted for London, there was plenty of talent from across the pond in action on Saturday. Among them, co-main event heavyweight Tom Aspinall.
The British BAMMA veteran was coming off a win over former champ Andrei Arlovski, and looking for his fourth straight win inside the octagon — and seventh overall. Going into the fight, Aspinall was viewed as one of the top prospects in the division, at only 28 years old.
Opposite Aspinall was a fellow prospect in the 26 year-old Sergey Spivak, riding three straight wins into the fight Saturday in Las Vegas. The last of which coming against a staple of the division in Aleksei Oleinik earlier this year.
Aspinall put Spivak on the backfoot immediately to start round one, putting him on the backfoot and attempting to work his jab and land the right hand. Aspinall looked fast and a step ahead of Spivak and Spivak looked very gun-shy early. Spivak shot in for a takedown that was quickly stuffed, and Aspinall landed a nice knee to the body followed by a huge right elbow that sent Spivak spiraling down to the canvas. A few follow-up strikes later and Tom Aspinall had another ranked win under his belt.
Tom Aspinall JUST DID THAT 😳 #UFCVegas36 pic.twitter.com/60i3MrTXUo
— UFC (@ufc) September 4, 2021
In case it’s not clear by now, Tom Aspinall is legit. This is his fifth win in a row inside of the UFC, and his second win in a row against a ranked opponent. Spivak was a quality prospect in his own right, and Aspinall just wrecked him inside of one round.
Tom Aspinall def. Sergey Spivak via TKO (Elbow) in Round 1 (2:30)