Tom Aspinall responded to the praise he received from Jon Jones after his UFC 295 fight. Aside from thanking the current undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion, the interim heavyweight champ asked Jones to give him his “dream fight.”
Aspinall made another mark during the UFC 295 event in his fight against Sergei Pavlovich. The Briton made a KO win by raining the opponent with punches, and the bout ended at just 1:09 of Round 1.
After this quick albeit interesting fight, the interim heavyweight champ received a congratulatory remark from Jon Jones himself.
“Tom congratulations on the interim heavyweight championship belt! That was an awesome performance!” Jones posted on Twitter.
The praise reached Aspinall, who gleefully responded to the message during the UFC 295 post-fight press conference. The British fighter then bluntly asked Jones to fight him, suggesting that the undisputed heavyweight champion should stay and stop plan to retire after the fight against Stipe Miocic.
“I’ve seen Jon talking nice stuff about me on a podcast as well. It’s really nice, obviously,” Aspinall said. “Thank you, Jon, and just give me the opportunity, Jon. Let me do it. Give me my dream fight. Why not? I just achieved my dream now. Give me my dream fight, and let me fight for my legacy, please.”
That bout depends on Jones, but it will be a long wait before that happens. Despite the cancellation of Jones vs. Miocic, the UFC will rebook it. 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.
Also, UFC plans to have Aspinall face Ciryl Gane, who already encountered Jones and lost via submission at 2:04 in Round 1. As we said, Gane is far from what Aspinall is aiming for, but he’s probably the closest fight he could get from Jones, who seems decisive in pushing his retirement soon.