A heavyweight bout featuring former division champion Andrei Arlovski taking on Tom Aspinall kicked off tonight’s UFC Vegas 19 main card.
Arlovski (30-20 MMA) was returning to action for the first time since defeating Tanner Boser by way of unanimous decision this past November. That win hard marked Arlovski’s second in a row, as ‘The Pitbull’ had previously defeated Philipe Lins back in May.
Meanwhile, Tom Aspinall (10-2 MMA) had entered tonight’s UFC Vegas 19 event on a five-fight win streak, with all five victories coming by way of knockout. The England native had earned his most recent finish over Alan Baudot at UFC Fight Night 179 this past October.
Tonight’s Arlovski vs. Aspinall fight proved to be a coming out party for Tom Aspinall. After almost stopping Andrei Arlovski with strikes in the early moments of the opening round, Aspinall was able to score a finish in the second round via rear-naked choke.
Official UFC Vegas 19 Result: Tom Aspinall def. Andrei Arlovski via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2
Check out how the pros reacted to Aspinall defeating Arlovski below:
— Mike Grundy (@MGWRESTLING) February 21, 2021
Andrei Arlovski’s evolution & ability to adapt from generation to generation is utterly amazing ! #UFCVegas19
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 21, 2021
— Julia Avila (@RagingPandaMMA) February 21, 2021
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