Curtis Blaydes is Prepared to “Clean Out” HW Division if Needed
By FCF Staff
Curtis Blaydes has made it clear he wants to fight for the UFC’s heavyweight title sooner than later. But, if the powerful wrestler needs to take out more contenders before that happens, he’s prepared to do so.
Blaydes is booked to fight Derrick Lewis at UFC Vegas 19 this Saturday, and if he wins, it will be his fifth straight victory. Due to his UFC run to date, and because he’s ranked #2, Blaydes is already in the title shot mix.
But, because Francis Ngannou is booked to fight champion Stipe Miocic on March 27th, and on account of Jon Jones’ move to heavyweight, it could still be a while before Blaydes (14-2) gets a title shot.
So, while talking to MMA Fighting recently, the 29-year-old had this to say about the division’s title shot picture.
“I just roll my eyes,” Blaydes said. “I’m not old so I’m not in a rush so I’ll get there eventually. Honestly, it’s not even a guarantee that Jon will take the fight cause I heard he also has his eyes on the winner of the Izzy (Israel Adesanya) versus [Jan] Blachowicz fight. If he’s got his eyes on that one, he’s not all in on this heavyweight matchup so it’s not a guarantee. I’m not worried about it. If it does happen, I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
“Worst case, I’ve always iterated, if I have to clean out the division, I will. I will do that. I have a family at home that I provide for so the more active I am, the better for them. The ultimate goal is the belt but we’ll get there.”
Lewis (24-7), meanwhile, is looking to extend his winning streak to four on Saturday night. The 36-year-old contender is ranked #4 in the UFC’s heavyweight division.