TOM ASPINALL dreams of a Wembley showdown with Jon Jones after his stunning knockout win over Sergei Pavlovich.
The Wigan warrior became the third Briton to win a belt in the top mixed martial arts promotion at UFC 295 at Madison Square Garden in New York yesterday morning.
The 30-year-old Aspinall (below) took the interim heavyweight title in just 69 seconds thanks to a clever right hand counter attack and brutal hammerfists on the fallen Russian.
And his goal now is to take on undisputed champion Jones at the first UFC stadium show in the UK in front of 90,000 fans.
He said: “That would be incredible. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in Manchester.
“But I think if we put the greatest fighter of all time against the UFC British heavyweight champion in the UK, that would be crazy. Let’s do it.”
US star Jones, 36, plans to quit the sport after a showdown with Stipe Miocic next summer.
But Aspinall figures his destruction of Pavlovich will have convinced the Hall of Famer to stick around for a while.
He said: “If I hit someone right in the face, they will go to sleep. As simple as that.
“And Jon knows that. That’s no disrespect to Jon, I absolutely love Jon, he’s one of my favorite fighters of all time, I look up to him.
“But I want to fight him and I think I can win.”
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He added: “Just give me the opportunity, Jon. Let me do it. Give me my dream fight, why not?”
Aspinall’s dream of following in the footsteps of fellow Brits Michael Bisping and Leon Edwards was almost dashed when he injured his back just days after accepting his short-notice title shot.
He said: “I actually retired and didn’t really train at all.
“It was just the wildest two weeks ever. Everything went wrong.”