Curtis Blaydes is done fighting down.
Like UFC Long Island the previous weekend (July 16, 2022), UFC London last Saturday (July 23, 2022) also ended in a rather anti-climactic fashion. Tom Aspinall’s knee needed just 15 seconds inside the Octagon after a first kick before he said, “No, let’s go home.”
Never a perfect way to win, the result officially enters the record books as a technical knockout for Blaydes, extending his current streak to three (watch highlights). Consistently among the top contenders among heavyweights, “Razor” is only looking to go up from now on.
“I’m not going to fight anyone ranked below me again,” Blaydes said. MMA hour. “I did it for Aspinall because I knew a win over him would be legit, and he’s ranked sixth but could easily be in the Top 5. So that was different. But, I’m not going to fight anybody. ‘one ranked below me. I want the winner of Tai Tuivasa [vs. Ciryl Gane].
“I deserved it, I deserve it. I’ve been in the Top 5 since 2018, since I beat Alistair [Overeem]. I deserve a title fight.
There has been no official word yet on the extent of Aspinall’s injury, but whenever it comes to knee-related issues, the schedules may be longer than most. Still a hugely talented rising star in the division, Aspinall has plenty of time to build momentum on his inevitable return.
Despite their post-fight friendliness, Blaydes expects a rematch between the two down the line.
“I wanted to earn everyone’s respect and I feel like I didn’t have the opportunity to do that,” Blaydes said. “We are still going to stall. He is only 29 years old, he will come back. He’ll be there, it’s just hard to get rid of a guy you like.
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