Curtis Blaydes Sees His UFC Fight Night 185 Headline Against Derrick Lewis as a fight to determine who will get a title shot.
However, Blaydes (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) knows that he will not be the next man to fight the champion, not even the second fighter to challenge.
With UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic set to take on perennial contender Francis Ngannou at UFC 260 on March 27, and former UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones is expected to fight the winner, Blaydes may be the stranger.
Despite that probability, Blaydes is not bothered. Gets it. Jones likely has the opportunity for a reason. Jones is one of the best, if not the best, to enter the UFC cage, according to Blaydes estimate.
“I know Jon is next. But essentially, on a scale of 1 to 10 (from how upset I am about that), I’m like a 3. I get it. They are business. Jon Jones puts butts in the seats. It is a name. He has earned it because they also did it for (Israel Adesanya). Izzy comes over to fight Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira is like (shrugs). Then I get it. It’s great.”
Initially Blaydes vs. Lewis (24-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) would take place in November. However, days before the fight, Blaydes tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew.
«I definitely had headaches. That was tough. He had muscle aches, chills, fever and a little fatigue, but luckily I didn’t have any of the respiratory problems. … It was about two weeks. The first week was tough, but the next week it was a precaution. I did not want to take it to the gym and spread it.
After he took adequate time to recover and make sure there were no lingering symptoms, Blaydes returned to training. Saturday will return to the cage, And if you win, you’ll feel very comfortable being third in line for the title knowing the options that await you.
«If I defeat Ngannou (if he is the champion when I have my chance), I will come. If I beat Stipe, I have beaten the all-time greatest heavyweight. If he beat Jon Jones, I beat an all-time best. It’s a win-win-win «.
Blaydes hopes to take a big step forward in the race to compete for the Heavyweight Championship when he takes on contender Derrick Lewis in a highly anticipated fight Saturday night.
However, during a pre-fight media interview, Blaydes made sure not to upset the feathers by insisting that he understands the business decision behind Jones to get his next shot.
Blaydes has also spoken about how he feels like the most dangerous heavyweight in the division given his rank within the Octagon. UFC Fight Night 185 takes place Saturday at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The event is broadcast on ESPN +.
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