Curtis Blaydes knows there is nothing he can do to leapfrog into a title shot.
Over the last several years, Curtis Blaydes has been one of the best fighters on the UFC roster. He has won seven of his last eight and is currently ranked fourth in the heavyweight division. Despite the stellar success, Blaydes does not feel he is in the running for a title shot. The UFC is currently looking to book champion Jon Jones against former champion Stipe Miocic. Both fighters seem keen on the idea although the date seems to be the issue holding it up. Blaydes has his next assignment coming up this weekend but feels there is nothing he can do against Sergei Pavlovich to leapfrog Miocic.
“I could hit Sergei with a spinning back heel kick in the first 40 seconds of the fight, I still don’t bring as many eyes as Stipe,” he said to TMZ. “And that’s just a fact. I’m removing my ego, that’s just facts…It’s a business.”
Curtis Blaydes knows he has the skills to defeat Jon Jones if given the chance
Blades has been calling for a fight with Jones ever since he decided to make the move to heavyweight. His name came up in talks a while back when the UFC had stripped Francis Ngannou and was looking to book Jones. Instead, they went with Ciryl Gane, who Jones defeated easily. Blaydes knows that he may never get the call to fight Jones, but he knows that he would win that fight if given the chance.
“At heavyweight, me and Jon Jones, I know I have the tools to win,” he said. “It wouldn’t be like the Ciryl Gane fight. He wouldn’t be able to manhandle me, that’s for sure.”
Blaydes will have his hands full with Pavlovich this coming weekend. The heavyweight duo will be featured in the main event of the UFC Apex card on Saturday night. With all eyes on him, Blaydes looks to continue on his winning streak until he is undeniably next for the title shot.