Fighter Profile: Curtis Blaydes

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Curtis Blaydes will make his return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday the 26th when he faces off against Chris Daukas. Blaydes will be hunting his 11th Knockout win when he steps into the Cage and faces Daukaus. Blaydes only three losses in his career are twice to Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis who are elite Heavyweights, he goes into next Saturday’s contest as a heavy betting favorite.

Blaydes was born in Naperville, Illinois on February 18, 1991 he grew up in Chicago and would get his start in Martial Arts when he would start Wrestling st De La Salle Institute where he was a standout winning a State title his senior year. He finished his High School career with a 95-18 record with an impressive 44-0 record his senior year. Blaydes would then get a full wrestling scholarship to Northern Illinois University. In his freshman year at NIU he compiled a 19-2 record. He’d then transfer to Harper College where he’d win the NJCAA National Championship. After he completed this feat he’d go on to leave school to  focus on MMA.

Blaydes compiled an impressive 5-0 armature record in MMA before making his professional debut against Lorenzo Hood winning by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in May of 2014 in the XFO promotion. Blaydes would then face William Baptiste in October of 2014 in that same promotion again winning by TKO(Punches.)  Brad Faylor would be next for Blaydes again he’d win by TKO (Punches.) In his next two outings he’d face Allen Crowder and Luis Cortez winning both fights by TKO. Blaydes would then get the call to join the biggest MMA promotion in the world, the UFC.

Blaydes would make his UFC debut against Ngannou in April of 2016. Unfortunately for Blaydes he’d lose the contest by TKO marking the first loss of his career and in the promotion. He would then face Cody East in October of 2016 winning by TKO (Elbows) which earned him Performance of the Night honors. He’d then face Adam Milstead he’d win the contest but it would be overturned after Blaydes tested positive for Pot. He’d then go on another four fight win streak before losing another fight to Francis Ngannou. Blaydes would then go on another four fight run before dropping a fight to Knockout artist Derrick Lewis. In his last contest in September of 2021 he’d win against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. 

We hope Blaydes can make it two in a row when he steps into the Octagon on the 26th.

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