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Tom Aspinall says 3 a.m. begin time ‘completely horrible’


UFC interim heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall feels for the U.Okay. followers who must pull an all-nighter to attend UFC 304.

The pay-per-view occasion will happen July 27 within the newly constructed Co-op Reside enviornment in Manchester, England. The prelims will begin at 6 p.m. ET (11 p.m. BST) and the principle card at 10 p.m. ET (3 a.m. BST) on ESPN+ pay-per-view, following the standard begin occasions for U.S. pay-per-views.

Whereas Aspinall (14-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) doesn’t thoughts preventing in the midst of the evening, he can see the way it’ll be lower than ideally suited for the followers in attendance.

“As an athlete, as a fighter, in all honesty it doesn’t make that a lot distinction,” Aspinall mentioned on his YouTube channel. “Most likely for a few weeks earlier than I’ll must get up and practice at the moment or keep up or no matter. I’ve flown internationally a number of occasions and fought in numerous time zones. So, it’s not as dangerous as that. As a fan who desires to look at it reside, I feel it’s completely horrible. It’s simply not truthful on the followers, not truthful on the U.Okay. followers.

“Predominantly it’s an American viewers, so I perceive that they need to promote to them. However why can’t they promote to them within the afternoon, which is our night time? Why can’t the Individuals watch it within the afternoon and the U.Okay. followers, the Manchester followers, the European followers can all fly to the occasion and promote out this new enviornment. I imply, it’s going to promote out regardless. We’re very, very, very fortunate to have a pay-per-view in Manchester. Very fortunate, however U.Okay. MMA, let’s put it on U.Okay. time.”

Aspinall is anticipated to compete on the cardboard however is but to have a combat formally booked. He expressed curiosity in operating issues again with Curtis Blaydes, who handed him the lone lack of his profession. Aspinall injured his knee 18 seconds into his July 2022 headliner vs. Blaydes in London.

For extra on the cardboard, go to MMA Junkie’s occasion hub for UFC 304.

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