UFC Hall of Fame fighter and former Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping is confident that Tom Aspinall will win his fight against Sergei Pavlovich on Saturday. According to Bisping, not only is Aspinall winning this bout, but he could also beat Jon Jones in case the two are put into a match, adding the 30-year-old English fighter “will retire as the greatest heavyweight champion that the UFC has ever seen.”

The remarks of the retired MMA fighter to his fellow countryfolk came prior to the Aspinall vs. Pavlovich interim heavyweight championship bout on Saturday.

“I believe he [Aspinall] makes it look relatively easy [against Pavlovich],” Bisping told TNT Sports. “…I think the skill set that he has, has got all the ingredients to get him the win here. …I think he beats Jon Jones if that comes up… and he will retire as the greatest heavyweight champion that the UFC has ever seen.”

Bisping echoes Aspinall’s statements during UFC’s post-fight press conference for the Aspinall-Tybura fight. During the interview, Aspinall expressed interest and excitement over the idea of fighting Jones, calling it “incredible” and his “absolute dream.”

“It’s a dream fight of mine,” Aspinall explained. “I’m big, I can do everything well, I’m fast, I’m strong, I’m heavy — which isn’t like a lot of his opponents or he’s fought in the past. And I just think I bring something different to him, and I think he knows that as well…”

Tom Aspinall and Sergei Pavlovich’s interim heavyweight championship bout results from Jon Jones’ withdrawal from his heavyweight title fight against former champion Stipe Miocic. As announced by UFC CEO Dana White in October, Jones suffered a torn pectoral muscle, with the championship fight postponed to a later date. While it is unknown when Jones will be back, it is certain that with the recent events, a battle between Jones and Aspinall is no longer impossible.

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