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Britain's Tom Aspinall may well be the most humble character on the current UFC roster – but even he can't deny that his first-round demolition of Sergey Spivak was a perfect performance.
The 28-year-old from Salford had a mixed start to life in professional MMA, winning four of his first six bouts before a three fight win streak caught the eye of the biggest promotion on the planet.
His four fights under the watchful eye of Dana White have earned three Performance of the Night bonuses, as well as plaudits from one of the greatest of all-time in Daniel Cormier.
The father of three is looking to get back inside the Octagon later this year in his bid to slowly climb up the Top 15 rankings, but that list of targets is getting ever smaller after his climb from 13 to 11.
Aspinall told Daily Star Sport: "It all went to plan. It's nice when a plan comes together.
"The fight could not have really gone any better. Everything worked so I can't complain, it just shows that everything I'm doing inside and outside of the gym is working."
Since his flawless display, Aspinall has had endless compliments from fans and icons alike, with former Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight UFC Champion Cormier calling him the "real deal".
Aspinall said of the compliments: "Especially coming from someone like DC, who is one of my favourite fighters, it means a lot."
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While he might be keen to stay level-headed despite his career skyrocketing in recent years, Aspinall has trained with some of the biggest in the fight game, most notably Tyson Fury.
Two-time world heavyweight champion Fury is known for his lighting hand speed in the ring, which is one of the compliments that has been thrown at Aspinall since his UFC career began.
He said of the Fury sparring: "Yeah I've definitely learned from that, and the speed has been developed both in and outside of sparring. I've done so many drills with my Dad and other coaches to improve my speed over the years.
"I see a lot of people mentioning it, but without blowing my own trumpet I was going in first gear on Saturday."
Another former pro that Aspinall looks up to is former Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping, who remains the only British fighter to ever get their hands on a UFC Championship belt.
Despite their regular messages, Aspinall had joked that Bisping has avoided his requests to share a beer.
Aspinall laughed: "He sacked me off again, second time. To be fair we were going to get one because the show finished pretty early, but he had to go his wife was all over him! He's under the thumb."
Adding: "I'm starting to think he doesn't like me but he WhatsApps me everyday so maybe he does like me. I don't even know anymore. But no, I'll catch up with him sooner or later anyway."
In terms of targets, Aspinall isn't the type to call for anything near a title shot too soon, but he does have a good idea of who will be holding the belt by the time he is ready.
He said: "I think it's going to by Ciryl Gane. I highly rate him, I think his skill set is far superior to anybody else in the division. I'm not saying he can't lose though, this is heavyweight MMA."
Adding: "As far as skill set are concerned I think he is far superior to any other guy. I'm sure me and him are going to fight at least a couple of times in years to come."
Catch the full replay of Tom's bout at UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BRUNSON vs. TILL on Fight Pass, the home of UFC.
- Dana White
- Tyson Fury
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