Tom Aspinall reflects on his win against Sergei Pavlovich

Tom Aspinall talks about facing his fears and reflects on his match with Sergei Pavlovich.

by Aryan Lakhani
Tom Aspinall reflects on his win against Sergei Pavlovich
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Tom Aspinall is at the peak of his career; after claiming successive wins, he claimed his spot to become the UFC interim heavyweight champion. Aspinall is absolutely delighted with his accomplishments; however, a few fans and MMA experts believe he shouldn't be satisfied and should strive for the ‘real’ thing which is the UFC heavyweight belt.

Unlike most fighters, Aspinall acknowledges that he feels fear whilst fighting his opponents. Aspinall is mastering the art of facing his fears; he looks forward to fighting Jon Jones, and it will be fascinating to see if the UFC can grant his wish.

Tom Aspinall on his recent fight

Recently, Tom Aspinall spoke about his mindset and reflected on the emotions running through his head while fighting against Sergei Pavlovich. “I’m very friendly, so I’m not sure,” Aspinall said, as quoted by

“A very nice man and friendly. But when that octagon door closes, I can do things that other heavyweights can’t, simple as that.My mind is so different, and I see shots that other people don’t see. I make decisions that other people can’t make and it you might look on the outside and think, ‘This guy’s got holes in his game,’ but you jump in and let’s have a go and see how you get on”.

Apsinall further said: “That was my exact thought when I was sat in the locker room tonight, I was like, ‘What am I doing?’ To be honest, I get this a lot. Too many people in this game I think and in life in general—I’m not trying to be a philosopher—hide away from fear, like you’re trying to be like, ‘I’m not scared.’ I openly admit that I’m scared and I’m going to do it anyway.

That’s when I do my best. Look when Sergei whacked me with the overhand right and my mouthpiece started to come out, that’s when I do my best work, when a big, scary guy is coming at me like that. That’s when I’m at my absolute best and I embrace fear with open arms and I’m happy to be scared and perform like that”.