‘He Knows How to Frustrate Guys’- Curtis Blaydes Reveals His Biggest Mistake in the Fight Against Derrick Lewis

Published 08/07/2021, 10:28 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 20: Derrick Lewis reacts after his knockout victory over Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane are all set to compete at UFC 265 main event. This fight will be for the interim UFC Heavyweight championship. Therefore, ever since the fight has been announced, there has been much talk about it. Recently, UFC Heavyweight fighter Curtis Blaydes also shared his views on the same.

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When asked about who he thinks is gonna win the fight between Gane and Lewis, the fighter quickly responded with, “Personally, I think that Derrick’s gonna win and I think they are gonna get the rematch.” Blaydes then explained why he thinks ‘The Black Beast’ will win and what is so special about him.

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He said, “I think he’s able to just; he has a unique skill set to absorb these shots and, like it, frustrates. I mean, I know it frustrated me. I was landing a lot of good shots and I feel like the takedown attempt in the second round, the one that he caught me with the uppercut. It was a bit of a rush job because I felt like my strikes weren’t doing enough but obviously going back and watching the film. I was wrong; I was winning on the feet.”

‘Razor’ faced Lewis at the UFC Vegas 19 event and lost via a 2nd round TKO. Therefore, the fighter knows what it is like to face Lewis inside the Octagon. Before his fight with Lewis, Blaydes was running high on a 4-fight win streak. Even in his fight against Lewis, the fighter performed admirably through the first round. However, just one mistake cost him and he got knocked out by ‘The Black Beast’.

Curtis Blaydes explains what Derrick Lewis does inside the Octagon

‘Razor’ explained what Lewis does inside the cage that makes him such a fearsome opponent. He said, “I think he does a good job of just like. He knows how to frustrate guys into coming into his range. Because he knows he doesn’t have the athleticism to play that game, like the dancing game.”

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“He knows that’s not his game, so he knows how to bring you into his world, and I think if you ever do stop moving and he lands it can be lights out.”

Lewis is one of the hardest strikers to be a part of the UFC. The fighter holds the joint record for most wins by KO in UFC history. Therefore, Blaydes is not wrong in saying that when Lewis catches anyone with an excellent shot, it is lights out.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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