Curtis Blaydes is ready to touch gloves with Derrick Lewis this Saturday at UFC Fight Night. The winner of this fight will inch one step closer towards a shot at the ultimate Heavyweight gold. ‘Razor’ Blaydes is the most dominant wrestler in the division, and Derrick Lewis is extremely intimidating with his big right hand. This will be a great stylistic matchup to stabilize the division.
Blaydes recently conferred with Aaron Bronsteter on his upcoming bout and a potential fight against the UFC heavyweight debutant, Jon Jones.
Bronsteter asked Blaydes whether he’d be interested to face Jon Jones post this fight.
Razor’ reverted, “I am not doing that. I win this fight and I want a title shot. I am not gonna be canning orders to build-ups. I have that recognition and I don’t have to take that, I don’t need it (Jones Fight). I am not fighting Jon Jones to prove that I deserve a heavyweight title shot. That’s ridiculous!”
“We’re talking about money. I’m not going to fight Jon Jones for $200,000. That’s ridiculous. I think a lot of people forget that we get paid what we get paid regardless of who the opponent is.. I can fight a bum to make $200,000”
Blaydes added if they offer him $400,000 to fight Jones in a headliner, he’ll blissfully accept the offer. He eyes his bout with Jones as a huge money fight. Blaydes believes as long as the money is right, he’s down to fight Jones.
‘Razor’ concluded, ‘‘I don’t fight for fun, ego, I don’t fight for legacy. I fight for money, I am a prizefighter!”
The former light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, has vacated his title this year to move a level up and contest at heavyweight. He wanted a title shot against the heavyweight king, Stipe Miocic, but UFC President Dana White piped him down and stated that Ngannou‘s next in line for his rematch.
Jones has been hunting for a solid opponent to make his heavyweight debut, and the #2 ranked ‘Razor’ Blaydes can be an ideal fight for him. He has a 14-2 pro-MMA record and possesses excellent finishing skills. With his orthodox stance, Blaydes likes to dominate his opponents with top-notch ground and pound coupled with heavy right hands.
But Jones won’t be an easy opponent to crack. His clinch controls, slicing elbows and knee strikes make him stand apart from the rest. He likes to pressurize his opponents with a constant display of his sublime skill-set through a five-round affair or quick finishes. Jones has 26 pro-MMA wins and just a single loss to his name.
This matchup can serve as the finest battles at the heavyweight division and could be a whacking start for the former UFC light-heavyweight Champion.
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