Pavlovich entered UFC 295 on a six fight first round knockout streak, but Aspinall put an end to that streak, knocking out Pavlovich in 69 seconds. It was a wild sequence and it showed just how ready Aspinall was physically and mentally for such a challenge. Aspinall let the emotions flow, and after the tough year he had in 2022, he ended 2023 on an absolute high.
What’s Next For Aspinall: The truth is that Aspinall would love to fight Jon Jones. Not only is that the biggest fight for Aspinall, but it’s the only fight that would give him the opportunity to test himself against the fighter many consider the greatest of all-time. If that fight doesn’t materialize and Jones chooses to pursue the fight with Mioicic, Aspinall will likely have to wait and see how that plays out before picking an opponent.
UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Zhang Weili
Zhang Weili recaptured the strawweight title to close out 2022 and opened the door to face all contenders in 2023. Her first title defense of her second reign at 115 pounds came in the form of Brazilian finisher Amanda Lemos at UFC 292 in Boston.
It might have been Zhang’s best performance to date, as she went on to set records for significant strikes and collect a dominant unanimous decision victory. Zhang continues to grow as one of the biggest stars in the sport and, as the champ, there are incredible fights on the horizon for “Magnum.”