Despite repeatedly voicing it out, Tom Aspinall is unlikely to have this “dream fight” against current UFC Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones in the future. Instead, UFC is concocting a fight against him and Ciryl Gane.

Aspinall didn’t fail to impress during his interim heavyweight bout at UFC 295 last Saturday with his quick win against Russian fighter Sergei Pavlovich. At just 1:09 of Round 1, the British knocked out Pavlovich, making it a fast and easy success for him despite having only 17 days to prepare.

After the bout, Aspinall plans to rest and recover but voiced his intention to fight Jones in the future. However, that is far from possible now, with many expecting UFC to rebook Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic. The timeline for that fight is still unknown, with Jones still having to recover from a torn pectoral muscle. In case pushed and Jones wins, the champ will have to rest and recover again, leading to more months of wait. Unfortunately for Aspinall, there are rumors that Miocic and Jones will retire after their fight, finally ending the possibility of him having his ultimate match. On a positive note, the interim heavyweight champion would be automatically announced as the undisputed champ.

Despite repeatedly discussing that dream, Aspinall knows the possibility of that happening is low. With this, Aspinall has no other choice but to face Gane, who won his last bout against Serghei Spivac in a heavyweight bout in September. In March, Gane faced Jones, but the latter won via submission at 2:04 in Round 1. Gane has a 12-2-0 record, and although he is far from what Aspinall is aiming for, the Briton has no other choice in this game.

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