“How Do You Give Him the Title Fight Over Francis?” – Dana White Denies Curtis Blaydes a Title Shot

Published 06/22/2020, 3:37 PM EDT


UFC president Dana White is in no hurry to grant a title shot to heavyweight contender, Curtis Blaydes.

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Blaydes is one of the most underrated athletes in the UFC. Although his promotional debut was unsuccessful, he had a quick turnaround and racked up back to back wins. Blaydes holds a professional MMA record of 14-2-0, 1NC.

Razor Blaydes” won his last fight against Alexander Volkov at UFC on ESPN 11. The American looked unstoppable in the first 2 rounds. He dominated Volkov with his elite-level wrestling. And earned a unanimous decision victory.

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Dana White, however, was unimpressed with Blaydes’ performance during the UFC on ESPN 11 post-fight press conference. Seemingly infuriated with Blaydes, White said:

“He talked a lot of s**** coming into this week. I don’t think you talk the s**** he talked and come in and perform like that, talking about ragdolling people, not getting paid enough and that he should be getting a title shot.”

“He gassed out at the end of the third round, made it to the fifth, and won the fight.”

Curtis Blaydes is not getting a title shot before Francis Ngannou

If Francis Ngannou did not exist, Blaydes would probably have no losses on his record, as his only two losses came through the “Predator.” White acknowledged Ngannou as the next contender for the title after Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier. Besides that, he also advised Blaydes to stay active.

“First of all, he has two losses to Francis. How do you give him the title fight over Francis?” White said. “With his performance tonight with his cardio, I wouldn’t wait around if I was him, I’d stay active.”

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Indeed, Blaydes lost to Ngannou twice and slowed down in the later rounds against Volkov. But one has to consider the insane pace that he put on Volkov in the first 2 rounds. Additionally, he also broke the record for the most takedowns in UFC heavyweight history.

“I like Curtis Blaydes but he has the wrong attitude as far as I’m concerned. I have nothing against the kid at all, but when you talk s**** like he talked this week, man you better come in and whoop somebody’s a** … When you perform like he performed tonight, you look stupid.”

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What do you think Curtis Blaydes should do next? Should he let the whole situation play out or stay active?

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Shantanu Mayenkar

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