UFC news, rumors: Tom Aspinall undergoes surgery for anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus injury, Anthony Smith suffers leg fracture

UFC news, rumors: Tom Aspinall undergoes surgery for anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus injury, Anthony Smith suffers leg fracture

UFC news, rumors: Tom Aspinall undergoes surgery for anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus injury, Anthony Smith suffers leg fracture

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Tom Aspinall is officially on the road to recovery. Aspinall updated fans on his condition after sustaining a knee injury in the opening moments of his UFC London main event against Curtis Blaydes on July 22.

Blaydes vs. Aspinall was created as a turning point for Aspinall. A rising heavyweight contender buoyed by the support of his countrymen and women, Aspinall was likely heading for a UFC heavyweight title fight with a win over Blaydes. Unfortunately, Aspinall took a bad step 15 seconds into the fight and his knee gave way.

“Good morning everyone, today is surgery day. I’m in London right now and I’m absolutely starving because I can’t eat before the surgery,” Aspinall said in a Twitter video posted on Wednesday. “I suffered a torn MCL, a torn meniscus and some ACL damage.

“So I’m going to fix this today, but just a quick message to say thanks for the support. I really appreciate it. I’ve had so much love since the accident.”

Blaydes was officially awarded a TKO victory at 0:15 of the first round. The opponents and their camps shared a drink afterwards.

More UFC news and rumors

  • Anthony Smith had a rough night against Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 277. Like Aspinall, Smith suffered a serious leg injury in the first round of their fight. Smith suffered a fracture that impeded his ability to fight back. UFC president Dana White confirmed the leg fracture following Tuesday’s episode of “Contender Series”. “He broke his leg – his leg was broken. They ended up finding the broken leg. I think it was in a strange place, hard to find… He legitimately has a broken leg that will need surgery.” Ankalaev eventually won the fight via TKO in the second round.
  • The top five flyweights are due to clash at UFC Fight Night on October 15th. The promotion targets Askar Askarov vs Brandon Royval. Jason House, Royval’s manager at Iridium Sports Agency, announced the fight on Wednesday. The clash was later reported by MMA Junkie. Askarov (14-1-1) suffered the first loss of his career in a competitive title playoff with Kai Kara-France in March. Royval is coming off consecutive wins over Matt Schnell and Rogerio Bontorin.
  • Tracy Cortez vs Amanda Ribas is scheduled for December 3rd. Cortez and RIbas will compete in the UFC women’s flyweight, for ESPN Sports. No location or location has been announced. Cortez (10-1) has been flawless in her four fights in the UFC and is undefeated since losing her pro debut in April 2017. Ribas (11-3) appeared to be one of the most promising female talents in the UFC before suffering setbacks against Marina Rodriguez and Katlyn Chookagian. She has alternated wins and losses in her last four fights.

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