November’s Knockout of the Month: Tom Aspinall Secures Interim Championship in Just 69 Seconds

As we wrap up another action-packed month of MMA in November 2023, we take a closer look at the most impressive knockouts. In this article, you’ll find the five nominees, presented in chronological order, and the winner of Knockout of the Month for November.

Feel free to participate by casting your vote for your favorite knockout at the end of the post.

Nominees

Nominee #1: Elves Brener’s Stunning Victory Over Kaynan Kruschewsky at UFC Fight Night 231

Elves Brener (16-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) continued his impressive start in the UFC by delivering a brutal finish to newcomer Kaynan Kruschewsky (15-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) during their 165-pound catchweight bout at UFC Fight Night 231.

Although Brener initially faced challenges in deciphering Kruschewsky’s style, he achieved the spectacular moment he had been seeking. In the opening round, Brener landed a powerful overhand punch that connected with Kruschewsky, causing him to crash face-first onto the canvas, securing a knockout victory.

Nominee #2: Benoit Saint-Denis’ Explosive Victory Over Matt Frevola at UFC 295

Benoit Saint-Denis (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) continued his dominant ascent in the lightweight division by delivering a devastating knockout to Matt Frevola (11-4-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) at UFC 295.

Saint-Denis extended his winning streak in the octagon to five fights in a truly brutal fashion. He unleashed a flawless left head kick that connected perfectly with Frevola’s jaw, causing him to collapse immediately. A few follow-up strikes on the ground prompted the referee to intervene and stop the fight just 91 seconds into the bout.

Nominee #3: Tom Aspinall secures victory over Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295

Tom Aspinall (14-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) showcased his immense potential by capturing the interim heavyweight championship with a remarkable victory over Sergei Pavlovich (17-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC).

Due to Jon Jones’ injury, Aspinall claimed the interim title, halting Pavlovich’s winning streak with a stunning 69-second knockout. Despite absorbing an early blow, the British fighter quickly turned the tide and unleashed a combination that sent his opponent tumbling, ultimately leading to the fight’s conclusion.

Nominee #4: Jason Jackson secured a victory against Yaroslav Amosov at Bellator 301

In a surprising turn of events at Bellator 301, Jason Jackson (17-4 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) emerged as the victor, dethroning the previously undefeated Yaroslav Amosov (27-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) to claim the Bellator welterweight championship.

Despite being widely regarded as the underdog, Jackson delivered a remarkable performance, culminating in a devastating knockout. He unleashed a combination that culminated in a powerful right-hand strike, sending Amosov to the canvas. Amosov valiantly attempted to recover, enduring a barrage of strikes as he rose to his feet. However, his hopes were dashed when Jackson expertly countered a sloppy takedown attempt with a precise uppercut, rendering Amosov unconscious and crowning a new welterweight titleholder.

Nominee #4: Aboubakar Younousov secures victory against Moustapha Aida at ARES 17

In a remarkable turn of events, Aboubakar Younousov (4-0) achieved his first knockout in his burgeoning MMA career, and it was a spectacle to behold. Unfortunately, Moustapha Aida (10-3) bore the brunt of Younousov’s spectacular performance.

Younousov marked history as the first fighter to bring Aida to a finish, accomplishing this feat early in the second round of their bantamweight championship encounter. The defining moment came in the form of an extraordinary spinning back elbow that sent Aida crashing to the canvas instantaneously.

The Victor: Tom Aspinall

Aspinall turned the tables on Pavlovich, who had been known for his quick knockout victories, and now he holds a share of the UFC heavyweight championship.

Pavlovich, boasting six consecutive first-round knockout wins, entered the co-main event of UFC 295 with a fearsome reputation. However, Aspinall managed to adopt Pavlovich’s own style as the heavyweight division’s premier knockout artist and swiftly concluded the fight in just 69 seconds to secure the interim title at Madison Square Garden.

In the initial exchanges, Aspinall absorbed a solid right hand from Pavlovich while closing the distance. This seemed to awaken Aspinall, who responded shortly after with not just one but two right-hand blows to Pavlovich’s temple. The initial strike caused him to wobble, and the second sent him to the canvas. A few more hammer fists from Aspinall were all it took to prompt referee Dan Miragliotta to halt the contest.

During his post-fight conversation with Joe Rogan, Aspinall reflected on the recent tumultuous period, emphasizing, “It’s been a crazy two-and-a-half weeks.” He offered advice, stressing the importance of seizing opportunities despite fear: “I just want to say to everyone at home: If you ever get a chance to do something, and you’re scared to do it, you should definitely f*cking do it, because there’s a chance it could pay off.”

The opportunity for Aspinall arose unexpectedly, with a mere two weeks’ notice to prepare for a bout against Pavlovich. This change came about after the planned heavyweight title match between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic was scrapped due to an injury sustained by Jones.

Though Aspinall acknowledged the less-than-ideal conditions leading up to his first UFC title attempt, he believed the gamble was justified. Describing Pavlovich as intimidating, Aspinall admitted, “He’s a big, scary guy,” and shared his apprehensions: “I’ve never been this scared in my life as fighting this guy. But, you know what, I’ve got a lot of power, too, and I believe in myself.” He dedicated his victory to his father, marking a poignant moment in the cage.

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