Curtis Blaydes reminded everybody why he’s nonetheless one of many heavyweight division’s most intriguing contenders.
It wasn’t an exciting efficiency, however Blaydes (11-2, 1 NC) was in full management on Saturday evening as he used his high-level wrestling to dominate Justin Willis (Eight-2) for 3 rounds en path to a unanimous resolution victory by way of scores of 30-27, 30-26, 30-25 within the co-main occasion of UFC Nashville at Bridgestone Area.
Willis merely had no reply for Blaydes’s wrestling. Immediately, Blaydes pushed in for a takedown and it took him somewhat over a minute to safe the primary one. He stayed caught to Willis all through spherical one and two, staying heavy on the again of “Massive Fairly” and repeatedly slamming or dragging him all the way down to the canvas every time Willis was in a position to get up.
Blaydes stayed busy sufficient on the bottom to maintain Willis uncomfortable, touchdown brief punches all through the struggle to rack up factors.
On the ft there wasn’t a lot Willis might do with the concern of the takedown on his thoughts. It was Blaydes who landed the very best strike of the struggle, clipping Willis with a straight proper that despatched him spinning.
The ultimate spherical was gentle on exercise, however Blaydes saved pushing ahead and searching for takedowns, ultimately scoring one with 90 seconds to go to seal the deal.
It was a robust bounce-back efficiency for Blaydes, who noticed a four-fight win streak snapped in his final outing this previous November when he was put away inside a minute by Francis Ngannou. He has now gained 5 of his final six fights.
There was loads of trash speak exchanged between Blaydes and Willis within the lead-up to the competition and Blaydes made certain to say that in his post-fight interview.
“It feels so good to close him up,” Blaydes stated. “‘Massive Titty’ go house, go house and be taught to wrestle. Go house!”
This was Willis’s first loss contained in the Octagon after going Four-Zero to start out his UFC profession.
Again within the win column, Blaydes is trying to struggle one other high contender subsequent. Requested who he has in his sights, he talked about eager to face both Junior dos Santos, Derrick Lewis, or Stipe Miocic.
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