Heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall (6-2) will look to make it three wins in a row at Cage Warriors 107 on Sept. 28.
The 26-year-old from Wigan will take on Mickael Ben Hamouda (2-0) at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool.
Aspinall is a 6’5 heavyweight who trains at Team Kaobon with UFC star Darren Till. The pair have become infamous for their grueling workouts and tough sparring videos posted to social media
Its Never Easy
Camp is in full swing for Aspinall and no stone has been left unturned as he goes in pursuit of his seventh professional win. Speaking to The Scrap, he said, “Training is hard work. It’s never easy, it’s a lot of sacrifice.”
The hard work and sacrifice will hopefully pay off against unbeaten French prospect Hamouda in Liverpool.
A shroud tactician, Aspinall enjoys watching his opponents to pinpoint a road to victory. However, footage of the French heavyweight is rare leaving some mystery heading into the fight. At heavyweight you’ve got to “be ready for anything”, a mindset Aspinall takes with him into every fight, especially in this one.
“From the limited videos I’ve seen he looks dangerous. He’s a bit reckless and likes to have a scrap standing.”
Closing The Gap
Despite generating a lot of hype Aspinall is determined to take it slow as he builds himself into an elite level heavyweight. The young prospect is refreshingly honest about wanting to do things the right way and insists he will not rush his career.
“I’m not trying to jump into any big fights right now. I need more experience. That’s the difference between me and the top guys in the world.”
At this moment in time, it’s all about closing the gap to allow Aspinall to compete with the world’s best. To do that, he needs “to fight as much as possible” at this level before moving on to bigger and better things.
Doing It Right
Aspinall does not envisage himself on the world stage for at least a few more years. He believes rushing into the big promotions is a common mistake among British MMA fighters.
“A lot of UK fighters do it all wrong,” said Aspinall. “They let their ego take over and have massive fights before they’re ready. A lot of people jump into UFC when they’re not ready.”
When Aspinall arrives in the UFC he is intent on staying. An experienced professional capable of beating everyone and claiming a belt in the process.
“I want to burst on the scene in a few years and win the UFC title. I don’t want to go their now win a couple, lose a couple, then I’m done.”
The Wigan-based fighter is intent playing the long game in MMA. He’s a heavyweight with dangerous hands and good submissions- he can go all the way to the top.
In what Aspinall calls “the most unpredictable division of the most unpredictable sport” anything can happen come fight night. And now is the time to jump on the Tom Aspinall hype train. You simply don’t want to miss his rise to the top of the sport.
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The Scrap’s Jordan Ellis of Liverpool, UK is a lifelong fight fan and aspiring writer. Covering all things MMA and Boxing, you can follow him on Twitter (@JordanEllisUK) for daily fight news and content.