Curtis Blaydes

Razor

USA

Matched against Tom Aspinall
HeavyweightUFC
April 30, 2022
Blaydes (foot) will take on Tom Aspinall in London on July 23, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The pair are expected to headline the card. Blaydes was handed a indefinite medical suspension after injuring his foot in his TKO victory over Chris Daukaus in late March, but he's evidently now considered good to go. He'll be looking for his third straight victory and his seventh win in his last eight trips to the Octagon, while Aspinall will be looking to improve his UFC record to 6-0.
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Right foot needs clearance
HeavyweightUFC
March 30, 2022
Blaydes has received a medical suspension, MMAJunkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Blaydes will be suspended indefinitely until his right foot is cleared by a doctor. Blaydes was able to defeat Chris Daukaus by TKO last Saturday in Columbus. He should be in line for a big fight next time in the Octagon based on his performance.
Closes main event with knockout
HeavyweightUFC
March 26, 2022
Blaydes defeated Chris Daukaus via TKO (punches) at 0:17 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
ANALYSIS
Blaydes has never been particularly popular, probably because he relies on his wrestling and thus can be boring to watch at times. That was not the case in this fight. He didn't attempt a single takedown, instead preferring to challenge Daukaus on the feet. Neither man made much headway in the opening frame, but Blaydes nearly took Daukaus' head off with a sweeping right hook early in Round 2. Blaydes has ridiculous power, we just rarely see him employ this type of game plan. The bottom line is that he rolled the dice in this fight and it couldn't have worked out better for him. Curtis has consistency issues to work through, but he's unquestionably one of the best heavyweight's on the UFC roster and should be in line for a title-implicating bout his next time out. In the meantime, he'll take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
Set to face Chris Daukaus
HeavyweightUFC
February 10, 2022
Blaydes will fight Chris Daukaus on March 26 at UFC Columbus, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl
ANALYSIS
Blaydes has been razor sharp of late, earning victories in five of his last six bouts dating back to March of 2019. He'll have the height advantage against his opponent, Daukaus, who is coming off a loss in his last fight in December of 2021 to Derrick Lewis, but has otherwise been successful since making his UFC debut (4-1).
Takes snoozer from Jair Rozenstruik
HeavyweightUFC
September 25, 2021
Blaydes defeated Jair Rozenstruik via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 266 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
A win is a win, but Blaydes saw his stock drop with this effort. By the time the final bell rang, virtually all of T-Mobile Arena was booing the efforts of both men. Blaydes' greatest strengths -- wrestling and ground-and-pound -- just aren't conducive to a visually-pleasing experience. Curtis landed three takedowns for just over six minutes worth of control time, but did little with his positional advantage. Blaydes needed a emphatic response on the heels of his knockout loss to Derrick Lewis this past February, and he didn't get it. Blaydes is an elite wrestler and one of the best athletes in the heavyweight division. He's also one of the youngest fighters among the top guys in the division, but Blaydes has a history of not performing well against top competition, in addition to having a questionable chin. He's a top contender by default, but Blaydes has work to do in order to truly enter the title conversation.
September fight booked
HeavyweightUFC
June 15, 2021
Blaydes will face Jair Rozenstruik in a heavyweight bout at the UFC event scheduled for Sept. 25, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Blaydes will be coming in off a loss by knockout to Derrick Lewis in mid-February. It was a disappointment for wrestling-heavy Blaydes, who was riding a five-fight winning streak and was a heavy favorite going into that Lewis bout. Rozenstruik is coming off a TKO against Augusto Sakai in early-June. As is often the case, Blaydes will enter the cage with major height and reach advantages. While the wrestling of Rozenstruik hasn't been tested a ton, he will carry a takedown defense of 80 percent into this matchup.