Curtis Blaydes is fueled by the haters following his wrestling-heavy win over Alexander Volkov at UFC on ESPN 11.
Blaydes (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) utilized his “common sport plan” of continuous takedowns towards Volkov (31-Eight MMA, 5-2 UFC) to win a unanimous resolution Saturday night time on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. He didn’t get a lot in the way in which of constructive suggestions after the struggle, although, with UFC president Dana White even saying he appears “silly” for not backing up his huge discuss on numerous matters heading into the struggle.
It seems Blaydes doesn’t care about what White or anybody else thinks about his efficiency. In actual fact, he relishes those that don’t benefit from the model of preventing he employs.
“I do know who I’m now,” Blaydes advised reporters, together with MMA Junkie, on the UFC on ESPN 11 post-fight information convention. “I’m the heel. You don’t like what I do? I wish to make you mad. I wish to win. That’s most likely one of the best half about this win, is I predicted this, and I did it. Twenty-five minutes. Didn’t look one of the best, however I’m OK with having a gritty win like that, and I do know a variety of followers didn’t prefer it, and I’m OK with that. It makes me joyful.”
Along with his criticism of the in-cage effort, White suggested that Blaydes hold busy within the heavyweight division whereas the present title situation unfolds. Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier are scheduled to complete their trilogy for the belt Aug. 15 at UFC 252, and Francis Ngannou – who holds two wins over Blaydes – is on deck as the following contender.
Blaydes thinks he doesn’t have higher choices than to attend, although, and stated he’s earned the correct to see how issues play out.
“Keep busy towards who?” Blaydes stated. “I fought Justin Willis, ranked under me. I fought (Shamil) Abdurakhimov, ranked under me. I fought Junior (Dos Santos), ranked under me. I fought Volkov, ranked under me. Like what? No. I don’t know, man. That is most likely not one of the best time to reply that questions so I’m going to depart that alone.”