Curtis Blaydes Doesn’t Fault Stipe Miocic For Chasing Tyson Fury Fight

Curtis Blaydes could very well be next in line for a heavyweight title opportunity. However, given the state of the division, any such opportunity would have to wait. Currently, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is healing up from an injury after his title win over Daniel Cormier this past summer. A trilogy bout between Miocic […]

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Curtis Blaydes could very well be next in line for a heavyweight title opportunity. However, given the state of the division, any such opportunity would have to wait.

Currently, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is healing up from an injury after his title win over Daniel Cormier this past summer. A trilogy bout between Miocic and “DC” is the next planned heavyweight title fight, however, Miocic has also been lobbying for a crossover fight with boxing lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

Speaking to MMA Fighting, Blaydes said he can’t fault Miocic for going after the money fight. The money would be phenomenal for such an event.

“Apparently Stipe’s saying he’s interested in fighting Tyson Fury at boxing. That might put the DC trilogy on hold,” Blaydes said. “I don’t put no energy into it. I know what’s going on but I don’t stay up in bed all night and think about all the possible alternate realities. You never know.

“It’s a little bit chaotic, you just have to learn to live with it. I really, really respect Stipe. I understand he wants the money. It’s a money grab. I get it. He would destroy Tyson [in MMA]. It would be a lot of money. Pay-per-views would be out the wazoo.”

While Blaydes respects Miocic, he suggests a potential fight between Fury and Miocic would further delay his timeline for a title shot.

“I respect him and I get why he wants the money but at the same time it does affect my timeline of what I want to get done. I do feel some type of way about it but I’m not going to bash Stipe. I get it,” Blaydes said.

“I get that but then again I’m in the midst of my career and how long do I have to wait for a title shot? How many more money grab fights do I have to wait through before I get a shot?”

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Blaydes will face Junior dos Santos in the main event of UFC Raleigh in late January. Should he win that fight, and Miocic rematch Cormier next without a superfight against Fury, Blaydes likes his chances for a title shot.

“I’ll go with Stipe [to win] again,” Blaydes said. “Especially after both got a win under their belts, if they do fight again, the rounds are going to be a lot more explosive. They’ve both seen what the other one has and they won’t be as tentative. I still think Stipe’s the better striker and he definitely has the reach advantage.

“It all depends if DC goes in there with the mindset just to wrestle, he could probably win, but I think he has an ego. He wants to strike with Stipe and that will be his downfall. I would definitely love to see that happen [with me against Stipe] but right now I’m focused on JDS and we’ll go from there.”

What do you think about Blaydes waiting on a heavyweight title opportunity for so long? Does he deserve it?

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Curtis Blaydes: Stipe Miocic Would Beat Daniel Cormier in Trilogy Fight

Curtis Blaydes’s eyes are still directed towards gold heading into his main event slot against Junior dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 167, and he has his expectations on who will be champion when he earns his title shot. Reigning heavyweight champion Sti…

Curtis Blaydes’s eyes are still directed towards gold heading into his main event slot against Junior dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 167, and he has his expectations on who will be champion when he earns his title shot. Reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic recaptured the world title in August at UFC 241 when he […]

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Junior dos Santos Meets Curtis Blaydes In UFC Raleigh Headliner

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will, in fact, return to the Octagon soon. Per a report from MMA Fighting, “Cigano” will headline UFC Raleigh on January 25 against Curtis Blaydes. Both sides have verbally agreed to the fight, however, no contracts have been signed as of this writing. Dos Santos was initially expected […]

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will, in fact, return to the Octagon soon. Per a report from MMA Fighting, “Cigano” will headline UFC Raleigh on January 25 against Curtis Blaydes.

Both sides have verbally agreed to the fight, however, no contracts have been signed as of this writing. Dos Santos was initially expected to headline this past weekend’s UFC Moscow show against Alexander Volkov. However, the Brazilian was forced out with a nasty infection.

He was replaced by Greg Hardy, who lost to the Russian via lopsided unanimous decision. As for Blaydes, he’s on a two-fight win streak, which includes a second-round TKO win over Shamil Abdurakhimov. Blaydes is 6-1 in his last seven fights, the only defeat coming against Francis Ngannou via first-round knockout in China.

The UFC Raleigh card will be going head-to-head with a Bellator event that features Cris Cyborg’s promotional debut, as she takes on Julia Budd for the Bellator women’s featherweight title.

What do you think about the matchup between dos Santos and Blaydes?

 

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Junior dos Santos vs. Curtis Blaydes Headlines UFC Raleigh

The Octagon is touching down in Raleigh, North Carolina on Jan. 25 for the first time in promotional history, and it now has a main event. According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Junior dos Santos will take on Curtis Blaydes. dos Santos was expected to hea…

The Octagon is touching down in Raleigh, North Carolina on Jan. 25 for the first time in promotional history, and it now has a main event. According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Junior dos Santos will take on Curtis Blaydes. dos Santos was expected to headline UFC Moscow this past weekend, but he was forced […]

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Derrick Lewis Wants To Knock Out Curtis Blaydes, Blaydes Responds

Derrick Lewis already has an idea for who he’d like to fight next. Lewis comes off a decision victory at UFC 244 in New York over the weekend. Now back on the winning track, Lewis needs another couple of big wins before getting back into the title hunt. Speaking to media after his fight, Lewis […]

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Derrick Lewis already has an idea for who he’d like to fight next. Lewis comes off a decision victory at UFC 244 in New York over the weekend. Now back on the winning track, Lewis needs another couple of big wins before getting back into the title hunt.

Speaking to media after his fight, Lewis discussed a possible matchup with Curtis Blaydes, who he said he’ll knock out if given the opportunity. (H/T MMA Mania)

“That would be a good fight, Curtis Blaydes,” Lewis said. “If he takes me down, I’m gonna rest, get all the rest I can, then I’m gonna get up and knock his ass out. Well, I’m gonna try to knock him out, I don’t think he’s tough enough like that dude I just fought.”

Blaydes offered his reaction on Twitter in a series of Tweets. “Razor” said he’s not impressed by “The Black Beast” at the moment, but he needs a top-five opponent, and Lewis fits the bill.

“I’m not impressed at all by Derrick or Ivanov but I need a top 5 opponent for the so the spring @danawhite gimme the winner of this one so i can collect another check.”

“Ion usually do call outs but Derrick Lewis is easy money, y’all thought DC rag dolled him Ima make him tap to takedowns #Gimmeacontract

“More than welcome to try #signthecontract

What do you think about a potential fight between Lewis and Blaydes?

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UFC Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes Calls Derrick Lewis ‘Easy Money’

Curtis Blaydes is willing to share the Octagon with Derrick Lewis and even believes it’ll be a cakewalk. This past Saturday night (Nov. 2), Lewis went one-on-one with Blagoy Ivanov on the main card of UFC 244. After three rounds of action, &#8220…

Curtis Blaydes is willing to share the Octagon with Derrick Lewis and even believes it’ll be a cakewalk. This past Saturday night (Nov. 2), Lewis went one-on-one with Blagoy Ivanov on the main card of UFC 244. After three rounds of action, “The Black Beast” was awarded the split decision victory. With the win, Lewis […]

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