Curtis Blaydes Reveals What Francis Ngannou has to Do to Beat Stipe Miocic in The Rematch

Published 02/20/2021, 12:30 PM EST


UFC Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes is set to fight Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis. He talked to Helen Yee sports and shared his ideas on how Francis Ngannou can beat the heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in their fight at UFC 260.

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Yee asked him if he realized that Stipe would be a huge star when he first saw him, and Curtis said, “Stipe? Oh yeah, I knew he was going to get it, eventually. It was only a matter of time cause, wrestling, and then he had the hands and the conditioning, that’s the trifecta right there.”

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She then asked if about the ideal gameplan for Francis Ngannou to beat Stipe. “His conditioning’s gonna have to be better. I don’t think Stipe. He’s too smart, too clean to get caught with one of those sloppy overhands or uppercuts, so it’s gonna be an extended fight, and you have to prepare for that,” Blaydes said.
He reiterated his point on ‘The Predator’ and his conditioning. “It’s up to him, we don’t know if he’s doing that type of work, but if he is, that’s his path to victory. He’s gonna have to improve his conditioning a lot,” he added.

Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis: A No. 1 Contender’s match?

Blaydes and Lewis’s fight is termed as a possible match to decide the challenger for the future. They both were set to fight earlier when their fight got canceled as Blaydes tested positive for COVID-19.
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Opponents Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 19, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Both of them have been in fine form en route to this fight. Blaydes is on a four-fight win streak and holds wins over fellow challengers Alexander Volkov and Junior Dos Santos in that run. On the other hand, Lewis is on a three-fight win streak, with his last win coming against Alexander Oleinik.

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This is a huge fight that may decide who the champion of the UFC is in the future. Former Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is also set to enter the fray after moving up to heavyweight. With all being said and done, heavyweight is one of the most exciting divisions in the UFC right now.
Do you think Jon Jones deserves a title shot over Derrick Lewis or Curtis Blaydes?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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