Aspinall talks about the rumoured matchup with Poatan for UFC 300.
UFC 300 continues to build anticipation with each new fight announcement. Dana White, the CEO of the UFC, recently delighted fans by revealing a surprising first-ever BMF title defense between lightweight champion Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway.
This adds to the excitement of the already confirmed strawweight title bout between Zhang Weili and Yan Xiaonan. As the eight-fight lineup on April 13 expands, speculation abounds regarding the potential first title defense of light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the announcement of his opponent.
“Well, he fought at middleweight and I had to listen to my body to go up to fight at light heavyweight, my body said I had to go up.’’
‘’I’m a fighter, I’ll fight anyone, I have the height and the size of a heavyweight but this is something that has to be programmed, do some work on, it’s not something I just jump in on an adventure. I want to make things in the right way, I can fight at heavyweight in the future, but I have to be well-planned, so right now my focus is on my light heavyweight reign,”
Poatan told TheMacLife about fighting Aspinall at UFC 300.
Aspinall vs Pereira?
After losing his middleweight title in April due to a knockout loss to Israel Adesanya, Pereira made a strategic move to the light heavyweight division.In his light heavyweight debut, he emerged victorious against Jan Blachowicz and later secured the promotion’s light heavyweight title with a knockout win over Jiri Prochazka in November.
“If he wants to, I will,”
“But I’m going on record and saying I’m not a bully. I don’t bully smaller guys. But, if the smaller guy wants a scrap, count me in.”
Aspinall talked about Pereira on his YouTube channel.
Jones and Aspinall Feud
Recently, a social media feud erupted between UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones and fellow fighter Tom Aspinall. The highly anticipated UFC 295 matchup between Jones and Stipe Miocic was derailed due to Jones suffering a torn pectoral tendon. This unexpected turn of events allowed Aspinall to step in, claiming interim gold with a stunning first-round knockout against Sergei Pavlovich. Aspinall had taken to Twitter, urging the UFC to scrap the original Jones vs. Miocic matchup, citing Miocic’s perceived inactivity.
UFC President Dana White has reaffirmed the promotion’s commitment to delivering the much-anticipated legacy matchup between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic. As the narrative shifts towards this matchup, interim champion Tom Aspinall now faces a critical juncture. The decision to defend his interim title or endure a period of inactivity.
As the UFC 300 lineup takes shape and the potential matchup between Tom Aspinall and Alex Pereira looms, the MMA community braces for another thrilling chapter in the octagon, highlighting the diverse narratives within the heavyweight division.