Tom Aspinall calls out Blagoy Ivanov after UFC Vegas 36

Tom Aspinall is now one of the heavyweight division’s most intriguing young prospects. At UFC Vegas 36 he knocked out Serghei Spivak.

The win pushed the 28-year-old Englishman’s UFC record to a perfect 4-0 with four stoppages.

Still, Aspinall doesn’t feel ready for a contender. Instead, he’d rather take his time and slowly work his way up the ranks before jumping into the shark tank that is the top of the UFC’s division.

“I need a lot more experience before I fight them guys,” Aspinall said at the post-fight press conference. “I’m not ready for them guys yet.”

“This doesn’t mean I’m not confident. This does not mean I’m not confident. This means I’m very confident in my ability, but I’m also confident that I need to be ready to beat these guys. So I’m not in a rush, I’ve just turned 28, I’ve got another 10 years and people better get used to seeing me around, because I ain’t going anywhere.”

Aspinall had a name in mind — the man ranked directly above him in the UFC’s rankings, No. 12-ranked heavyweight Blagoy Ivanov.

“I just want to fight guys that are around my ranking. I believe in earning your title shot,” Aspinall said. “I don’t believe in the hype train pushing you to a title shot. I believe in earning it, so I want to fight the guy above me. Some guy who just interviewed me, he brought up Blagoy Ivanov — that’s a fight I would love. He’s a very durable guy, I have a lot of respect for him. He’s been around for a long time and he is so, so tough, and I want to see if my power and speed — I want to see how that does against someone like that.”

“I want to fight in front of a crowd because I don’t know how I’m going to react with 20,000 people screaming, booing, throwing drinks, having a piss in a cup and throwing it. I don’t know how I’m going to react to that, I’ve never done that before,” Aspinall said.

“The most people I’ve fought in front of is 1,000, maybe 1,500. So I want that to be the next step of my career, is fighting in front of people, because I don’t want to be getting up to the top 10 and top 5 and I’ve never fought in front of anybody before. So when this London card was cancelled I was upset, because I’m not just in this thing to learn how to win fights and smash people and all that. I’m in this for that as well, but I’m also in this thing to learn about myself, and I don’t know how I’m going to react, so I’d like to do that next.”

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