Tom Aspinall made a triumphant return to the UFC on Saturday, knocking out Marcin Tybura in the first round of the main event at UFC London.
The 30-year-old Aspinall, who was fighting for the first time since suffering a knee injury in his last fight, wasted no time in asserting his dominance. He landed a hard head kick early in the fight that wobbled Tybura, and then followed up with a right hand that dropped the Polish fighter to the canvas.
Aspinall pounced on Tybura and landed a series of ground-and-pound strikes, forcing referee Marc Goddard to stop the fight at the 1:13 mark of the first round.
The victory was Aspinall’s third in the UFC, and it moved him to 13-2 overall. It also solidified his status as one of the top heavyweight contenders in the world.
“I’m back,” Aspinall said in his post-fight interview. “I’m a different animal now. I’m not the same guy who fought Curtis Blaydes.”
Aspinall’s performance was a statement win, and it showed that he is still one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the UFC. He is now on a three-fight win streak, and he is only 29 years old.
With his victory over Tybura, Aspinall has put himself in position to challenge for the UFC heavyweight title. He is now one of the top contenders in the division, and he will be looking to make a big statement in his next fight.