Curtis Blaydes battled by means of a nasty lower beneath his proper eye to defeat Jairzinho Rozenstruik through unanimous determination of their heavyweight struggle on Saturday evening at UFC 266.
Blaydes acquired the identical rating on every of the judges’ scorecards, 30-27. It was “Razor’s” fifteenth victory over his skilled MMA profession and his first since defeating Alexander Volkov through determination in June 2020. He beforehand misplaced to Derrick Lewis this previous February through knockout.
There have been no knockdowns in the course of the Blaydes-Rozenstruik struggle. Rozenstruik caught Blades with a flying knee within the second spherical. Blaydes managed to eat the knee, keep up on his ft and take Rozenstruik down onto the mat. In the course of the intermission, there was a brutal lower beneath Blaydes’ eye.
It appeared Blaydes had a tricky time seeing within the third spherical however saved Rozenstruik on the mat.
Blaydes hit greater than 59% on his strike makes an attempt and had three takedowns. It was these statistics that helped Blayes win the struggle.
So far as his subsequent opponent, Blaydes stated he would need the winner between the rumored struggle between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane, Stipe Miocic or Jon Jones.
Blaydes entered the bout because the No. 4-ranked heavyweight fighter in UFC. He’s by no means gotten a title shot and 5 wins out of his final six fights would possibly be capable of put him within the title image.