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Robelis Despaigne sees herself fighting for the UFC title in 2025
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Robelis Despaigne sees herself fighting for the UFC title in 2025

Robelis Despaigne may be new to MMA and the UFC, but he doesn’t see himself far away from fighting for the heavyweight title.

The undefeated prospect believes he will challenge the UFC heavyweight champion in 2025. Despaigne (19-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) figures a win over Waldo Cortes-Acosta (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) this Saturday at UFC on ESPN 56 in St. Louis, plus a few more this year , that will put him in contention to fight for the title early next year.

“Look, if everything goes according to plan, I think early next year I will be fighting for the UFC heavyweight title, or at least the interim title,” Despaigne told MMA Junkie in Spanish.

With UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones injured, Stipe Miocic waiting on the sidelines and interim champion Tom Aspinall’s future up in the air, Despaigne hopes everything will be clear by the time he gets to the title picture.

He believes Jones will beat Miocic in his return, but sees Aspinall ultimately taking the title.

“That’s a close fight, but if it’s a matter of momentum, I think Aspinall can pull it off and win the crown,” Despaigne said. “But we know the quality of Jon Jones, so he can always surprise.”

If Despaigne were to win a UFC title, he would be the first Cuban fighter in UFC history. That would be special for the Olympic bronze medalist in taekwondo.

“For me it would be a dream to become a UFC champion, and it would make me proud.”

For more information on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s events hub for UFC on ESPN 56.

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