Curtis Blaydes


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.
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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.
Huge finish over JDS in Raleigh
January 26, 2020
Blaydes defeated Junior dos Santos via TKO (punches) at 1:06 of Round 2 at UFC Raleigh on Saturday.
Blaydes was tested early in this fight, as his takedown attempts were repeatedly stuffed, preventing him from executing his intended game plan. After landing a low blow in the first round that resulted in a brief pause to the action, the two met again in the center of the cage and Blaydes started to build momentum. Several body kicks and right hands landed, which was likely enough to win him the first round. He picked up where he left off in the second, landing a hard right early. He continued to evade the power strikes of dos Santos, and while he was unsuccessful on his first takedown attempt, he followed it up with a massive overhand right that started the fight-ending sequence. It wasn't a typical victory over Blaydes, but he totaled up 28 significant strikes against one of the division's most respected strikers, showing he continues to evolve as a fighter. With three consecutive victories, Blaydes showed he's ready for a highly-ranked opponent.
Paired against Junior dos Santos
November 13, 2019
Blaydes will take on Junior dos Santos (leg) in Raleigh on Jan. 25, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Dos Santos is ready to go after a bacterial infection forced him to withdraw from his previously-scheduled match against Alexander Volkov. Blayes will be taking on a fighter looking to bounce back from a knockout loss to Francis Ngannou in June. Blaydes' last lost came against Ngannou as well, back in November of 2018. He's won both of his matches since that defeat.
Absolutely mauls opponent
September 7, 2019
Blaydes defeated Shamil Abdurakhimov via TKO (elbow and punch) at 2:22 of Round 2 at The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Blaydes was simply too big and had too much technical wrestling for Abdurakhimov, who was on his back before he had a chance to blink in this one. It needs to be said that Blaydes' porous defense remains a problem against big punchers, but he didn't have much to worry about here, running through his opponent and essentially doing whatever he wanted in grappling exchanges. Blaydes' two stoppage losses to Francis Ngannou will likely put a damper on his title hopes for the time being, but that may not hold for long, as he is the only fighter who has proven to have the answer for Blaydes in his career. He moves to 12-2 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.