Curtis Blaydes
Razor
Out
Injury Foot
Est. Return 9/23/2019
Tending to foot injury after Nashville win
HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 26, 2019
Blaydes has been suspended 180 days by the Tennessee Athletic Commission pending a physician's clearance for a right foot injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Blaydes will be forced to sit for 30 days, but could return to the Octagon before September if given the proper medical clearance. Saturday's matchup against Justin Willis was an uneventful, dragged-out affair, where he took down Willis seven times and only absorbed two strikes that were deemed "significant" by the scorers. While everything with the upper body appears in order, Blaydes is likely headed for foot X-rays in the immediate future. He's won five of his last six bouts in the heavyweight division, and poses a formidable challenge for anyone currently in the rankings.
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Runs over opponent with wrestling
HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 23, 2019
Blaydes defeated Justin Willis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25) at UFC Fight Night 148 in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Blaydes wasted little time putting his skill set to work against Willis, getting takedowns and slamming him back to the mat whenever he would get back to his feet. If there is one criticism of Blaydes it may be that he should have tried to do more damage in dominant positions, though it's worth noting that he staggered Willis with a clean right hand in Round 2. There is no doubt Blaydes is a force to be reckoned with at heavyweight, the problem is that he has been stopped twice by Francis Ngannou, which could block him from getting into title contention in the near future. The 28-year-old is still a problem for most of the division, however, having improved to 11-2 with one no-contest in his MMA career as a result of the victory.
Set to take on Willis in Nashville
HeavyweightUFC
Out
January 20, 2019
Blaydes will take on Justin Willis at UFC Nashville on Mar. 23, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Blaydes was most recently knocked out in a November fight, but prior to that, he hadn't lost in his previous five fights. However, he faces a tough test in Nashville, as Willis has yet to lose a fight in the UFC promotion.
Tastes heavyweight striking power
HeavyweightUFC
Out
November 24, 2018
Blaydes lost to Francis Ngannou via TKO (punches) at 0:45 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 141 on Saturday in Beijing, China.
ANALYSIS
Blaydes was looking to make up for a previous loss, which was stopped due to swelling around his eye. However, Blaydes was not able to get his revenge. Ngannou needed less than a minute to land an overhand right and some follow up punches to finish the fight. There really isn't much else to say. Ngannou lands with a lot of power, and Blaydes caught one flush. Blaydes is still a solid heavyweight and will be in the UFC for a long time. However, this loss will certainly hurt.
To fight Francis Ngannou in Beijing
HeavyweightUFC
Out
August 16, 2018
Blaydes has drawn Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC Fight Night Beijing on Nov. 24, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Blaydes' (10-1-1) most recent fight resulted in a victory. He defeated Alistair Overeem by third-round TKO. Blaydes' opponent, Ngannou (11-3) has lost his previous two bouts. Most recently, he suffered a unanimous loss to Derrick Lewis at UFC 226 in July. Ngannou and Blaydes have met before, with the former defeating the latter via second-round TKO.
Suffers knee injury in win over Overeem
HeavyweightUFC
Out
June 12, 2018
Blaydes suffered a sprained knee in his UFC 225 victory over Alistair Overeem on Saturday, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Rumors of a matchup against Alexander Volkov in the UFC's upcoming trip to Russia have been rampant since Blaydes catalogued the impressive victory, but it now appears the timing will not match up. Instead, the management team of Blaydes will lobby for a title shot, though that will require some time with current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic tied up in a July superfight with Daniel Cormier. Blaydes won't be ready until after September, however, so the stars could align for the 27-year-old to get his wish. If that doesn't come to fruition, a rematch against Francis Ngannou could potentially be in the cards. Ngannou handed Blaydes his only true UFC defeat via doctor stoppage, despite Blaydes' pleas to continue fighting with one eye swollen almost completely shut. Should Blaydes emerge victorious in a matchup like that, the UFC would then have no choice but to give him an opportunity to win the belt.