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Tom Aspinall Dedicated His Success To His Father, Who Quit Job To Help Him Excel In BJJ

Tom Aspinall Dedicated His Success To His Father, Who Quit Job To Help Him Excel In BJJ

A few days ago, Tom Aspinall grabbed the UFC interim heavyweight title champion. He has dedicated this victory to his father. The 30-year-old fighter defeated Sergei Pavlovich by knockout in the first round of their match and was visibly emotional after the fight:

It’s been a crazy two and a half weeks. He [Pavlovich] is a big scary guy.

I’ve never been as 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. I really believe in myself.

Aspinall dedicated his success to his father: 

This man right here, my father, has worked harder than anybody.

So, this belt right here is dedicated to my father.

When Tom was just 12 years old, his father, Andrew Aspinall, resigned from his job to help his son hone his BJJ skills. The father-son duo used to practice together in their backyard before Andrew established a BJJ school.

In an interview with The Sun, Andrew Aspinall shared his thoughts on his decision to leave his job:

I was a contractor for a long time making good money and then I was an IT manager.

I got offered a redundancy payment that I didn’t have to take, but Tom was very good at Jiu-Jitsu and there weren’t many Jiu-Jitsu schools open.

I just decided to teach Jiu-Jitsu and hoped that Tom at 12, and my other son at 9, would teach Jiu-Jitsu because they’d have a career then.

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