UFC Fight Night 224 results: Tom Aspinall runs through Marcin Tybura in under two minutes

It was a year away from the cage for Tom Aspinall, but he didn’t need much time Saturday when he finally returned.

In the UFC Fight Night 224 main event, Aspinall (13-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) defeated Marcin Tybura (24-8 MMA, 11-7 UFC) via TKO due to punches at 1:13 of Round 1. The performance was one day shy of the one-year anniversary of Aspinall’s devastating knee injury against Curtis Blaydes in the same building, The O2 in London.

Aspinall received a hero’s welcome as he made his way through the tunnel and toward the cage to face Tybura, a fighter who was 7-1 in eight most recent bouts.

When the action began, Aspinall came out quickly. His hand speed was evident from the start, but not ever more so than when he landed a punch that dropped Tybura to the canvas. Tybura covered up as Aspinall rained down ground-and-pound strikes until the fight was waved off.

With the victory, Aspinall solidifies himself as a top contender, already with wins over Alexander Volkov and Serghei Spivac prior to Saturday’s fight.

After the fight, Aspinall revealed his two-step plan for UFC gold. First, he wants the winner of Ciryl Gane vs. Spivac, which takes place on Sept. 2 in Paris. Then, he wants a shot at UFC gold.

Full UFC Fight Night 224 results include:

  • Tom Aspinall def. Marcin Tybura via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:13

  • Julija Stoliarenko def. Molly McCann via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:55

  • Nathaniel Wood def. Andre Fili via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Paul Craig def. Andre Muniz via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 4:40

  • Fares Ziam def. Jai Herbert via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

  • Lerone Murphy def. Josh Culibao via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

  • Daniel Marcos def. Davey Grant via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

  • Jonny Parsons def. Danny Roberts TKO (punches) – Round 2, 4:57

  • Joel Alvarez def. Marc Diakiese via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:26

  • Mick Parkin def. Jamal Pogues via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Makhmud Muradov def. Bryan Barberena via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Ketlen Vieira def. Pannie Kianzad via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

  • Chris Duncan def. Yanal Ashmouz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

  • Bruna Brasil def. Shauna Bannon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

  • Jafel Filho def. Daniel Barez via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:34

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC Fight Night 224.

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