Former UFC champion-turned-commentator Michael Bisping is still adamant that Tom Aspinall would beat Jon Jones if they ever fought. Aspinall is the current interim heavyweight champion, and by all rights should challenge for the heavyweight title in his next fight — as interim champions do — however, the UFC is keeping him sidelined as Jones faces Stipe Miocic.
Aspinall has been campaigning for the Jones fight on Twitter, which Bisping is well aware of:
“Tom’s very frustrated, we’ve seen him go on a rampage on Twitter,” Bisping explained. “I totally get it, he’s the interim champion and he wants to fight Jon Jones who’s the undisputed. But the UFC are adamant they’re making Jones and Stipe and I don’t think any of the campaigning or complaining is going to change that.”
This didn’t stop the UFC Hall of Famer from predicting Jones vs. Aspinall. In an interview with Betway, Bisping gave his honest prediction of a hypothetical fight between the two heavyweights:
“I said before and I’ll say it again, I think without question Tom beats Jon Jones,” Bisping remarked. “There’s no disrespect to Jones, his career is incredible, I just don’t see anybody beating Tom at the moment, I really don’t…”
Bisping was keen to address any bias he might have towards his fellow countryman:
“And that’s not because he’s my friend and it’s not because he’s a nice guy but it’s because he’s smoking everybody,” Bisping said. “He moves like a middleweight, he’s got great Jiu jitsu, he has no weak areas and he’s a young man and I think he’s going to go down as the greatest heavyweight, if not the greatest fighter of all time. But he’s got to be active.”
Certainly, a controversial take from Bisping, as Jones is the consensus greatest fighter of all time in the eyes of many fans. “Bones” hasn’t endured a single loss in his 29-fight career, falling short only when he has broken the rules or failed pre-fight medicals. Aspinall, by contrast, appears to be a clean athlete but has faced adversity before. The British titan has three losses, two of which are by DQ and Injury, but the third was via heel hook in 2015.
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