UFC Raleigh features a heavyweight showdown between Curtis Blaydes and Junior Dos Santos. This is a classic Striker vs Grappler battle. Though Dos Santos has a solid takedown defense and though Blaydes can do damage with his strikes, for Dos Santos his boxing and for Blyades his wrestling will be the key in this matchup.
Junior Dos Santos holds the record for the most number of knockdowns in UFC heavyweight history. On the other hand, Curtis Blaydes has the most number of takedowns in UFC heavyweight history.
Dos Santos is one of the best heavyweights UFC has seen especially when it comes to striking. Dos Santos came close to getting another title shot when he was a 3 fight win streak last year. However, he lost his last fight against Francis Ngannou. So this is a must-win fight for JDS as Curtis Blaydes is one of the top contenders at the heavyweight division.
Curtis Blaydes has dominated every other heavyweight he has faced in his MMA career except for Francis Ngannou. Blaydes has fought Ngannou twice and lost both of the fights. A win at UFC Raleigh won’t guarantee Blaydes. But Blaydes can solidify his position in the division with a win over former champion, Junior Dos Santos.
A lot will be on the line when Dos Santos takes on Curtis Blaydes. While a former champion will be looking to get closer to regain the UFC title an emerging contender will be looking to add a legend in his resume.
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