UFC Beijing: Curtis Blaydes Says Promotion’s Heavyweight Division is a “Mess”
By FCF Staff
As it stands right now, it’s not clear when and who Daniel Cormier will defend the heavyweight title against next, and recently Curtis Blaydes referred to the situation as a “mess”.
After Cormier took out Stipe Miocic this past July to claim the heavyweight belt, it was announced that Brock Lesnar would challenge for the belt next. The announcement was met with mixed reviews from some observers and fighters, as Lesnar has no official wins on his record since 2010. More recently, however, it’s been reported Lesnar has signed a new WWE deal, prompting speculation as to whether the star will be available to face Cormier, before the latter’s retirement date next March.
In advance of Blaydes’ November 24th bout with Francis Ngannou, the talented wrestler had this to say about the state of the heavyweight division (quote via MMA Junkie):
“It’s a mess right now,” Blaydes said. “I haven’t really been able to project past this fight because who knows what’s going to happen? Who knows if Brock (Lesnar) gets out of the USADA testing pool (to fight Daniel Cormier), if Jon Jones bumps up to heavyweight. Now I’m hearing ‘Rumble’ Johnson might be back. I don’t know what’s going on…”
“He definitely has a case, but I also have a case,” Blaydes said, while referring to Miocic. “Would I be upset with him getting a rematch? No, because it makes sense on paper, so I wouldn’t argue with that.”
Blaydes (10-1) is coming off a bloody, stoppage win over Alistair Overeem in June. The 27-year-old is 4-0, with 1 no-contest, in his last 5 bouts.
UFC Fight Night 141 will be hosted by Beijing, China.