‘I’ve suffered a torn MCL, torn meniscus and some ACL damage’: Tom Aspinall reveals full extent of damage to his knee as British heavyweight star prepares to go under the knife following freak injury at UFC London
- Tom Aspinall was left writhing in agony after routine kick at UFC London
- The Brit was forced to wait for an MRI due to the severe swelling around his knee
- The 29-year-old revealed he has a torn MCI, torn meniscus and ACL damage
- Aspinall is expected to be out until 2023, but an exact return date is premature
The 29-year-old had an MRI earlier this week and for the first time the number sixth ranked heavyweight has revealed the diagnosis.
In a message posted on social media, Aspinall said: ‘Today is surgery day. I’m in London right now and absolutely starving because you can’t eat before surgery. I have suffered a torn MCL, a torn meniscus and some ACL damage.
Tom Aspinall collapsed in agony after just 15 seconds of his main event at UFC London
The British heavyweight star poste a video updating all of his followers on social media
‘So, going to get that fixed today. Just wanted to say a quick thank you for all your support. I appreciate it, I’ve had so much love since the accident and I’ll see everybody on the other side.’
The Salford-born star had been on a roll in the UFC. He won his first five matchups and all by stoppage to surge towards the top five in the division.
However, his knee injury stopped his clash with Blaydes in just 15 seconds and that goes down as the first UFC loss on his record.
Aspinall is now 12-3 overall but it could be some time before we see the dangerous big man back in the octagon again.
A win over Blaydes could have moved the former training partner of Tyson Fury into title contention, but it now seems as though he’ll be out until 2023 at the earliest.
Instead, Cyril Gane takes on Tua Tuivasa next month in Paris, France in a battle of the number one ranked heavyweight and the third, respectively.
That looks like a fight to get in contention to fight champion Francis Ngannou when he returns from a knee injury of his own.
Aspinall through a routine kick at opponent Curtis Blaydes and the fight had to be stopped
Then you have to factor in the reports that talks have been ongoing between Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones to fight later this year.
Jones making his heavyweight debut would be big business for the UFC and gives the UFC plenty of options to either face Ngannou or create another interim belt until he is ready.
Still, the heavyweight landscape remains an exciting one and there’s plenty for Aspinall to train hard for and get excite about during his recovery.