Curtis Blaydes, a UFC heavyweight, just pulled off the biggest win of his career against legendary knockout artist Mark Hunt at UFC 221 on Feb 10, 2018, in Perth, Australia. As a result, Blaydes is now one step closer to contending for the heavyweight strap.
Even before the UFC 221 went down with Hunt Curtis “Razor” Blaydes major concern was money, and he’s looking to get paid before the last bout on his deal. If this isn’t the way things shake out, he’s prepared to field offers from Bellator.
Curtis Blaydes spoke to MMA Junkie, if UFC allows me to get to that fourth fight without a decent offer, he’ll gladly to have a conversation with Scott Coker and Co.
““If the UFC allows me to get to that fourth fight without a decent offer … I’ll listen to Bellator,” he said. They’ve been offering guys fat, fat contracts, and those heavyweights aren’t nearly as good as the ones in the UFC. So the enticement is there – lesser competition for more money. I don’t care if no one ever learns my name, as long as my bank account is full. Because I’m not getting hit in the face just because I like it. I know there are guys who enjoy getting hit in the face. I don’t. It pisses me off. I’m in it for the money. I don’t feel bad about that at all. I get why [Francis Ngannou] got the hype train, and I get why I’m not getting the hype train. I don’t have the eight-pack. I don’t look to stand and bang with my chin high and my hands below my waist. And I’m an American – and there are over 100-plus Americans in the UFC. I’m sure once I show the UFC I deserve it, I’ll get my due money too. I’m only 26. Most guys my age aren’t making half what I’m making, so I’m fine with that. For now.”
Curtis Blaydes admits that he is in the fight game “for the money.”
In fact, Blaydes only loss to date came against dangerous Francis Ngannou at UFC Fight Night 86 back in April 2016, a TKO loss that occurred when the cageside doctor rules Blaydes medically unfit to continue.
At the moment, Bellator’s heavyweight division is one of its best and conducting a Heavyweight Grand Prix, which highlights names like Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Mitrione, Roy Nelson, and Frank Mir. Blaydes said the level of competition UFC has is no less but the hefty purse is what enticing him toward Bellator.
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