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UFC London: Tom Aspinall suffers knee injury early against Curtis Blaydes

It was the second consecutive early injury stoppage at a UFC event in two weeks, and on Saturday afternoon, Tom Aspinall was the unfortunate victim this time.

Just 15 seconds into the main event contest, Aspinall (12-3-0) stepped back from a kick and collapsed, favouring his right knee. Referee Herb Dean was forced to stop the fight which goes into the book as a TKO win for Blaydes (17-3-0, 1NC).

In the post-fight press conference, Blaydes sympathized with Aspinall’s injury but said firmly that he will move forward if the UFC offers him the winner of the Tai Tuisava vs. Ciryl Gane interim heavyweight title fight at the Sept. 3 UFC event in Paris.

Paddy Pimblett, Molly McCann, Nikita Krylov, and Jonathan Pearce all earned performances of the night. There was no Fight of the Night bonus. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card. In case you missed the prelims:

NICOLAS DALBY DEF. CLAUDIO SILVA VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

VICTORIA LEONARDO DEF. MANDY BOHM VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

JAI HERBERT DEF. KYLE NELSON VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MUHAMMAD MOKAEV DEF. CHARLES JOHNSON VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

JONATHAN PEARCE DEF. MAKWAN AMIRKHANI VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:10

NATHANIEL WOOD DEF. CHARLES ROSA VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

MARC DIAKIESE DEF. DAMIR HADZOVIC VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

L’UDOVIT KLEIN DEF. MASON JONES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

#8 PAUL CRAIG VS. #9 VOLKAN OEZDEMIR

WINNER: VOLKAN OEZDEMIR VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PAUL CRAIG VIA SUBMISSION

ANDREWS: Training with Chimaev really does have it benefits. Good win for Volkan.

MOLLY MCCANN VS. HANNAH GOLDY

WINNER: MOLLY MCCANN VIA TKO (SPINNING BACKFIST) R1 3:52

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MOLLY MCCANN VIA TKO

ANDREWS: Paddy and Molly come through again and Drake is going to reward them with Rolex watches. Amazing.

NIKITA KRYLOV VS. ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON 

WINNER: NIKITA KRYLOV VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 1:07

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON VIA UD

ANDREWS: Wow! What was I thinking going with Alexander. Both guys needed a win, but I agree with Cormier. Gustafsson needs to retire.

PADDY PIMBLETT VS. JORDAN LEAVITT 

WINNER: PADDY PIMBLETT VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 2:46

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PADDY PIMBLETT VIA TKO

ANDREWS: Paddy did it again!

#8 JACK HERMANSSON VS. CHRIS CURTIS

WINNER: JACK HERMANSSON VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CHRIS CURTIS VIA TKO

Andrews: What happened, Chris? Jack did well, but you still had a chance to win.

MAIN EVENT

#4 CURTIS BLAYDES VS. #6 TOM ASPINALL

WINNER: CURTIS BLAYDES VIA TKO (KNEE INJURY STOPPAGE) R1 0:15

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TOM ASPINALL VIA TKO

ANDREWS: Bummer. Let Curtis move forward and hopefully these two meet again down the line.

The next UFC event is UFC 277, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. Women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena defends against former champ Amanda Nunes in the main event.

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KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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