Curtis Blaydes calls for UFC heavyweight title eliminator bout, ‘I deserve it

Curtis Blaydes calls for UFC heavyweight title eliminator bout, ‘I deserve it

Curtis Blaydes received his UFC London headliner in merely 15 seconds on Friday night time time. On the other hand, it wasn’t how he would have expected or wanted. Blaydes was once the beneficiary of a TKO win after his opponent, Tom Aspinall, injured his knee after throwing a leg kick.

Blaydes was once on The MMA Hour the day before today. There he suggested Ariel Helwani that he was once befuddled and bummed with how the combat ended. On the other hand, he discussed he wasn’t taking a look to run it once more.

“I’m no longer risking my ranking [for an immediate rematch],” he discussed. “I received the combat. Heading into this combat, I envisioned the winner — which is me — might be fighting the winner of [Tai] Tuivasa and [Ciryl] Gane. So I’m no longer going to move up a chance to combat those guys when it’s right kind there, to sit up for Tom Aspinall to heal and run it once more.”

“I’m no longer going to combat anyone all over again ranked beneath me,” added Blaydes (ht bjpenn). “I did it for Aspinall because of I knew a win over him might be dependable, and he’s ranked sixth alternatively might simply merely be very best 5. So, that was once different. Alternatively, I’m no longer going to combat anyone ranked beneath me. I would like the winner of Tai Tuivasa [vs. Ciryl Gane]. I’ve earned it, I deserve it. I’ve been inside the Top 5 since 2018, ever since I beat Alistair [Overeem]. I deserve a reputation eliminator combat.”

Blaydes is not too long ago ranked fourth inside the UFC’s heavyweight ratings. Above him are Tuivasa, Gane and former champion Stipe Miocic. All are vying for a shot at champion Francis Ngannou, who has faced and defeated they all expect Tuivasa.

Blaydes himself has two losses against Ngannou. The main was once an inept doctor stoppage on account of a watch mounted hurt at UFC Fight Night time: Rothwell vs. dos Santos in 2016. The second was once a definitive 45-second TKO at UFC Beijing in 2018.

Since that loss Blaydes has lengthy long gone 7-1 inside the UFC at the side of his sole loss coming to Derrick Lewis final year. All the way through that run he’s defeated Chris Daukaus, Jarizinho Rozenstruik and Alexander Volkov.

Blaydes discussed he understands that his most recent consequence is not going to win him many enthusiasts or provide so much momentum for him. Alternatively he discussed he’s no longer too involved in that and is just taking a look forward to his next choice inside the Octagon.

“As long as I knock out the next guy, the hype’s once more. MMA is like that. It’s good to win 4 fights in a row, lose a combat, everyone says you suck. It’s good to lose 3 in a row, win one, and in addition you’re the most productive on the planet. So the final combat’s the only one that problems.”

When addressing the combat with Aspinall, Blaydes contended that he was once a clear and justified winner irrespective of how the bout ended.

“Everyone was once hyping up [Aspinall’s] tempo. He’s no longer as fast as you guys make it seem to be. I understand it was once most straightforward 15 seconds, alternatively every exchange, he got touched. In a lot of his highlights, when he’s sparking the ones guys, it’s because of they’re stagnant. They don’t switch their toes, which is what I do. So I merely don’t consider the hype. I don’t think he’s as fast as everyone thought he was once. Obviously he’s moreover no longer as huge as everyone made him out to be. I felt like I was greater, further athletic, further explosive, and obviously I imagine my bones are stronger, because of he landed the kick on me and he ended up getting injured.

“So I don’t know. It’s a ordinary night time time. In fact arduous to come up with witty answers with a win like that. It’s arduous to be overestimated about it.”

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