Heavyweight fighter Tom Aspinall will be returning to action against Marcin Tybura in the main event of UFC Fight Night 226 in London on July 22nd.
By the time they set foot in the Octagon it’ll have been almost exactly a year to the day since Aspinall suffered a freak knee injury at the same venue just 15 seconds into his fight with Curtis Blaydes at UFC Fight Night 208, leading to a TKO loss.
That ended Aspinall’s five-fight unbeaten run since joining the UFC in 2020, during which he beat the likes of Alexander Volkov, Sergei Spivak and Andrei Arlovski, with all his victories coming inside the distance.
Now with his knee rehabbed the 30-year-old Aspinall will be looking to get back to winning ways against a veteran campaigner in the 37-year-old Tybura, who is coming off back-to-back wins against Alexander Romanov and Blagoy Ivanov.
Tybura had lost to Alexander Volkov prior to that, but beyond that he’s actually won 7 of his last eight fights and is currently ranked No.10 in the division, five spots below the No.5 placed Aspinall.
Aspinall vs. Tybura leads a UFC Fight Night 226 card that will also feature Molly McCann vs. Julija Stoliarenko and Andre Fili vs. Nathaniel Wood.