Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic will no longer headline UFC 295—the pair were expected to face each other on November 11th for the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship. However, following a pectoral injury on Jones' side, the bout will no longer occur.
Jiří Procházka vs. Alex Pereira will serve as the new headliner for UFC 295, but that's not all; there's still interim Heavyweight gold on the line in the new co-main event fight.
On a month's notice, Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall have agreed to face each other for the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship, per Dana White.
This five-round title fight takes place in the Heavyweight (265 lbs) division.
Sergei Pavlovich holds a professional record of 18-1 (6-1 UFC) and holds the #2 ranking in the Heavyweight division. He claims notable wins over Curtis Blaydes, Tai Tuivasa, and Derrick Lewis.
Tom Aspinall is ranked #5 in the Heavyweight division and holds a professional record of 13-3 (6-1 UFC), with noteworthy wins against Marcin Tybura, Alexander Volkov, and Serghei Spivak.
Official odds have yet to be released.
Sergei Pavlovich is currently tearing through the Heavyweight division. He's riding a six-fight win streak heading into his first UFC title fight and hasn't gone to a second round in his entire UFC career. Pavlovich has KOed everyone he's faced in the UFC in the first round. In his last fight, he made quick work of Curtis Blaydes, catching him late in the first round and finishing him with vicious ground-and-pound strikes. He'll look to do the same to Tom Aspinall in this upcoming matchup.
Tom Aspinall is also coming off a first-round finish. The streaking British contender has utilized his lighting-fast boxing and BJJ Black belt to tear through all his opposition. Aspinall's only UFC loss was a fifteen-second leg injury to Curtis Blaydes, which sidelined him for a year. Many fans speculated Aspinall would not return the same, but he proved all the doubters wrong following his return back in August. The Brit started fast and hard, with a massive head kick in the opening seconds of the fight, before following up with a brutal cross that dropped Tybura, leading to a TKO. Now, Aspinall will look to become the third English UFC Champion and the first in the Heavyweight division.
This is a fantastic fight for the UFC 295 card. So, who do you have winning? As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know your prediction in the comments below.