Curtis Blaydes


Lewis fight rescheduled
January 4, 2021
Blaydes' scheduled matchup against Derrick Lewis will now take place Feb. 20, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
The pair had been set to face off Nov. 28 before Blaydes was forced to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test. Blaydes will be looking for his fifth straight victory, while Lewis will be looking to win his fourth straight.
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Bout versus Lewis canceled
November 27, 2020
Blaydes tested positive for COVID-19 and won't face Derrick Lewis as scheduled in the heavyweight bout at Saturday's UFC event, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Blaydes and Lewis were set to headline Saturday's card, but the positive test will force the promotion to change plans. UFC apparently hopes to reschedule the fight in December, but the logistics for that have yet to be settled.
Headlining UFC event in November
August 18, 2020
Blaydes will face Derrick Lewis in a heavyweight matchup in the main event of the UFC card scheduled for November 28, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Blaydes will be coming off a unanimous decision victory over Alexander Volkov back in June, while Lewis just improved his winning streak to three with a mid-August victory over submission specialist Aleksei Oleinik. The two have yet to cross paths, but this is a matchup that will play a major role in the future trajectory of the top end of the heavyweight division. It's also a matchup that bodes well for Blaydes on paper, as his relentless, wrestling-based attack should play well against the sub-par takedown defense (53 percent) of Lewis. Blaydes also has a higher striking volume, due largely to the significant strikes he's able to rack up once he gets his opponent on their back. Lewis typically avoids this by using his sheer size to get back to his feet, but Blaydes is an opponent that will match this size, weighing in at the top end of the heavyweight limit as well. Only one inch in height and reach separates the two men, with the edge in both categories going to Blaydes. Look for Blaydes to enter as a betting favorite, and if he can get a win in impressive fashion to get his winning streak to five, he could be next in line for a title shot.
Wrestling again leads to win
June 20, 2020
Blaydes defeated Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-46) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Blaydes faded a bit in the later stages of Round 4 and Round 5, but it was still a dominant effort. Blaydes put Volkov on the mat just seconds into the fight and continued it to the tune of a whopping UFC-heavyweight-record 14 successful takedowns over the course of the bout. Blaydes exhibits excellent technique in his wrestling game in addition to being extremely strong. Everyone knows what's coming from him, but no one has been able to stop it. Blaydes' wrestling game also allows him to remain active on the feet. His opposition is so worried about the takedown that they can't cover all their bases in the striking game. A Blaydes fight isn't always a visually pleasing experience, but the guy simply gets the job done. With the UFC having already booked the finale of the Stipe Miocic v. Daniel Cormier trilogy for later this summer, perhaps a potential trilogy bout between Blaydes and Francis Ngannou makes sense. Both of Blaydes' losses have come against Ngannou, both via knockout.
Volkov fight stays on schedule
June 3, 2020
Blaydes' heavyweight bout with Alexander Volkov will happen on June 20, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
The two were scheduled to fight in Saskatoon on June 20 but that card was canceled due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The UFC has since re-scheduled the card for the Apex center in Las Vegas. Blaydes has won three fights in a row coming into his match, largely on the back of his relentless pursuit of takedowns and hellacious ground-and-pound that follows. Volkov does own a respectable 76 percent takedown defense, however, and he also has an edge in terms of striking volume. Nonetheless, Blaydes will enter this fight as one of the largest betting favorites on the card, checking in at approximately (-400).
Will headline UFC Saskatchoon
March 6, 2020
Blaydes will take on Alexander Volkov in the main event at UFC Saskatoon on June 20, Damon Martin of reports.
Blaydes is coming off a second round knockout over former champion Junior dos Santos. He is riding a three-fight win streak and looking to put himself in title contention. His opponent, Volkov, sports a 5-1 UFC record.