UFC interim champion Tom Aspinall takes part in the Dead Leg Challenge with Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson


Interim UFC heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall gave British gymnast Nile Wilson a taste of his power.

“I’m going to kick Nile Wilson in the foot, about 30% I guess,” Aspinall said in a clip shared on his YouTube channel.

The Salford, England native tested the Olympic medalist first, throwing a feint to see whether Wilson would flinch or not. “He took my advice,” Aspinall said, as Wilson held his position and prepared for the worst. At that moment, Aspinall uncorked a kick that immediately knocked Wilson off his feet.

For those who don't know, Nile Wilson won an Olympic bronze medal in the men's high bar at the 2016 Summer Games. He also made his name in the history books a year earlier at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships by being part of the first men's world team to win a medal in British gymnastics history.

Will Tom Aspinall advance after a fight with the winner of Jones vs. Miocic?

Tom Aspinall's brutal 69-second knockout of Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295 appeared to set the stage for an epic showdown between him and the promotion's undisputed heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones.

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Unfortunately, it looks like UFC fans will never see this fight come to fruition. After Apsinall's big win, “Bones” and UFC boss Dana White made it clear that their top priority was to rebook a previously scheduled matchup between Jones and former two-time titleholder Stipe Miocic – a decision that would leave Aspinall waiting on the bench could be a year or more.

To add insult to injury, both Jones and Miocic have hinted at their possible retirement once they resolve the great heavyweight GOAT debate. Once again: Where is Tom Aspinall?

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Rather than sit around and wait for something that may never happen, Aspinall appears intent on defending his interim title this summer. The most likely opponent is Curtis Blaydes, who is coming off a huge second-round knockout win over Jailton Almeida. It also helps that “Razor” is the only man to score a victory over Aspinall in the Octagon, even if it was due to a freak injury.

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“Then it’s Curtis Blaydes,” Aspinall said in an interview with JN Media. “I'm simple, I'm the easiest person to get into a fight. I've never turned one down. So anything that's stopping me from fighting right now is not my fault, it's the UFC's fault. So I’m just waiting for the UFC to tell me who and when and I’ll be ready.”

Perhaps we'll learn more about Aspinall's future once UFC 300 is in the books. For now, we're making the most of his leg kick tumblers, which are half his size.