British heavyweight star Tom Aspinall has been added to the revamped UFC 295 card in New York City tonight.
The blockbuster event at the iconic Madison Square Garden venue was due to be headlined by Jon Jones’ showdown with Stipe Miocic.
But the American suffered a gruesome injury in training that will require surgery and sideline him for the next eight months.
Jones’ injury has opened the door for the other title fight on the night to be promoted to main-event status as Jiri Prochazka takes on Alex Pereira for the vacant light heavyweight strap.
The MSG card will also now see British fighter Aspinall face Sergei Pavlovich for the interim heavyweight title as a co-main event.
UFC 295: Date and how to follow
UFC 295 will take place on Saturday, November 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The action is set to get underway at midnight for UK fans, with the main event set to start at around 4am on Sunday morning.
The prelims and main card will be shown on TNT Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. More details here.
UFC 295: Fight card
Subject to change
- MAIN EVENT: Jiri Prochazka vs Alex Pereira – for vacant UFC light heavyweight title
- Tom Aspinall vs Sergei Pavlovich – for interim heavyweight title
- Jessica Andrade vs Mackenzie Dern
- Matt Frevola vs Benoit Saint-Denis
- Diego Lopes vs Pat Sabatini
- Steve Erceg vs Alessandro Costa
- Tabatha Ricci vs Loopy Godinez
- Mateusz Rębecki vs. Roosevelt Roberts
- Nazim Sadykhov vs. Viacheslav Borshchev
Early preliminary Card
- Jared Gordon vs Mark Madsen
- John Castaneda vs Kyung ho Kang
- Joshua Van vs Kevin Borjas
- Jamall Emmers vs. Dennis Buzukja
UFC 295: What has been said?
Aspinall’s world-class potential was first spotted by his father, who walked away from a lucrative job in order to help harness his son’s athletic ability and eventually open a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) school.
“I did 25 years in IT,” Andy Aspinall told talkSPORT.com.
“I was a contractor for a long time making good money and then I was an IT manager.
“I got offered a redundancy payment that I didn’t have to take, but Tom was very good at jiu-jitsu and there weren’t many jiu-jitsu schools open.
“I just decided to teach jiu-jitsu and hoped that Tom at 12, and my other son at 9, would teach jiu-jitsu because they’d have a career then.”