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28-7-2022  

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The last two UFC main events were amazing. Both Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez and Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall were aimed to clarify the featherweight and heavyweight categories. Due to Ortega and Aspinall's first-round injuries, neither bout delivered.

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Aspinall injured his knee in the first seconds of Saturday's game. After a leg kick, he fell grasping the joint in anguish. It appeared like a random accident. Due of his injuries, Blaydes won TKO. ESPN placed Blaydes fourth and Aspinall sixth at heavyweight. 

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The main event in London, where Aspinall is from, was expected to determine a heavyweight title challenger. Francis Ngannou had knee surgery. Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones might battle for the interim championship later this year, pending Ngannou's health.

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Blaydes-Aspinall may have been the next contender after Miocic-Jones. Ciryl Gane vs. Tai Tuivasa in UFC Paris in September is also important. Ngannou defeated Gane and Blaydes. Saturday's bout was Aspinall's big test to determine if he could move up to the elite tier of the division. If he can accomplish that may take some time to determine.

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The UFC's ambitions were crushed, but all is not lost. Miocic vs. Jones for the interim belt makes sense with Ngannou out until 2023 and in a contract dispute. Ngannou might box next year. Miocic is the most successful heavyweight of all time. It's a commercial contest with both men's histories at stake.

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Blaydes can fight Gane or Tuivasa once Ngannou, Jones, and Miocic are cleared. Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov are below. Lewis beat Blaydes and both beat Volkov.

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Effect Aspinall and Blaydes both hate Saturday. We shouldn't dismiss Blaydes. Lewis and Ngannou are his two UFC losses since 2016. Blaydes might face Miocic, Jones, Gane, or Tuivasa after this unsatisfying win. MMA rewards uniqueness. Daily, fighters do their best. The great don't try. Natural. Pimblett is a great example. "UFC push" and "hype" aren't Pimblett's doing. He's being himself.

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He intentionally gains unhealthy weight between battles. He drops his pants at a weigh-in for haters and cameras. Most importantly, he wants true Octagon triumphs. He's weathered some difficulties and is 3-0 with three finishes. His post-fight remark on suicide prevention was fantastic. Pimblett has addressed mental health (on Saturday) and stated no child in Liverpool will go hungry if he becomes an MMA celebrity (in March). He wasn't seeking attention.

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