Footage shows tense first meeting between Tom Aspinall and Jon Jones as UFC champion pushes Brit star’s hand away

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UFC star Tom Aspinall will think twice about touching hero Jon Jones again following a tense first meeting between the two heavyweights.

The 30-year-old, who holds the interim belt, has made no secret of his admiration for ‘Bones’ – widely regarded as one of the best MMA fighters in history.

Aspinall is chasing a fight against UFC heavyweight champion Jones next

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Aspinall is chasing a fight against UFC heavyweight champion Jones nextCredit: Getty

But it is the American he is chasing next as he looks to inflict a first defeat on the 36-year-old since 2009 and rip away his UFC title in the process.

Following Aspinall’s first round knockout win over Sergei Pavlovich in November, he called out Jones in his quest to set up his ‘dream fight’.

And the pair have now come face-to-face for the first time at the Arnold Sports Festival in Birmingham.

And to say it was awkward would be putting in mildly.

Aspinall told Jones he was just coming over to say ‘hello’, with Jones offering his hand out for a shake.

The duo then told the other how it was nice to meet each other, with Aspinall placing his hand on Jones’ shoulder.

Jones instantly pushed it away, with Aspinall immediately apologising.

He then wished ‘all the best’ for Aspinall, which the Salford native would hope culminates in him dethroning the two-weight world champion.

Aspinall and Jones met for the first time, with the former putting his hand on the American's shoulder

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Aspinall and Jones met for the first time, with the former putting his hand on the American’s shoulderCredit: X
Jones didn't take kindly to this, as he immediately pushed his arm away

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Jones didn’t take kindly to this, as he immediately pushed his arm awayCredit: X

Following their exchange, Aspinall took to his TikTok account where he insisted he has gained confidence he would beat Jones.

He said: “He’s nowhere near as big as I thought, I thought he was a lot taller.”

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Aspinall added: “I’m a full-grown heavyweight, there’s no chance he’s as big as me, he’s nowhere near as big as me.

“But size doesn’t matter really, we’re both massive guys, but I’ll take that one.

“I think I beat him definitely.”

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