Andrei Arlovski vs Tom Aspinall is announced by the UFC for February 20th, 2021. The promotion rolled out the news for this one with a location for the card still to be decided upon.
The Pitbull has now been competing in mixed-martial-arts for over four different decades and has over fifty professional prizefights to his credit.
Heading into that fourth decade of competition, Arlovski only had a single win across his last six contests. The prevailing rhetoric for many was that 2020 was a bad year. But Arlovski managed to use these odd times to turn around his own fortunes.
Arlovski enters this Aspinall contest on the heels of back to back victories in the heavyweight ranks. The former UFC champion has put together recent unanimous decision wins over Philipe Lins and Tanner Boser.
Andrei Arlovski vs Tom Aspinall
Conversely, Aspinall is riding a five-fight win streak leading into this bout. He now has back to back, first-round octagon finishes with a 9-2 MMA record overall.
Tom Aspinall’s two UFC contests took place over less than two and a half minutes combined. He dispatched both Jake Collier (in 45 seconds) and Alan Baudot (1:35 into the bout) with strikes.
Aspinall has a one hundred percent finishing rate overall with a myriad of striking based finishes. But he also has a heel hook victory as well.
Tom Aspinall has largely carved a swath through the competitors placed in front of him. The English bruiser has had tenures in BAMMA, Cage Warriors, and FCC.
The event has more than one high stakes heavyweight tilt. The card is expected to be headlined by the rescheduled Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes bout.
Though both Arlovski and Aspinall are just outside of the UFC’s top fifteen heavyweight rankings presently, a win here will likely propel the victor towards a ranked opponent.
Who gets it done in this veteran versus prospect clash between Andrei Arlovski and Tom Aspinall?