Blaydes Predicts Stipe-Cormier At UFC 226

With UFC 226 only weeks away, one of the top contenders in the heavyweight division has his eyes focused on Stipe Micoic’s defense of the UFC heavyweight title against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

Even though Brock Lesnar’s name has been thrown out there as a potential challenger, Curtis Blaydes is the most likely challenger for whomever walks out of the Octagon with the title.

While as a guest on BJPenn Radio, Blaydes feels like Cormier will be stopped before he has a chance to become double champion.

“I’m gonna take Stipe,” Blaydes told host Jason Kindschy. “I like his kickboxing, his footwork, his conditioning. I know that DC is a good wrestler but Stipe is a pretty good wrestler himself. I think he’s got a lot more advantages. I think he gets the finish — but probably into the fourth round, maybe fifth.”

“They’re both challenges, and I don’t think either one of them is easier or harder than the other…They’re both great in their own ways, they both have pretty good stand up, they’re pretty good wrestlers. [My] only advantage would be I have a weight advantage over them, and probably a reach advantage also. I was thinking about New Years Eve, in Vegas. I think I deserve to be the champion.”

Blaydes is coming off a big win on the UFC 225 undercard, by dropping Alistair Overeem with a third round TKO.

Original Post: BJ Penn 

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