After JDS, Blaydes Doesn’t Want Waiting Game
Curtis Blaydes had to resort to “Plan Z” on Saturday night to get a win over former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.
“I just used my wrestling to set up my hands,” Blaydes told MMA Junkie post-fight of how he was able to stop dos Santos in the second round of their UFC Raleigh main event. “After that first round where I went 0-for-8 in the shots, we knew he was really committed to not letting me get him to the ground. We used those openings I created with the pump fakes and the high-lows. We capitalized with the overhand.”
“… That’s the best path to victory. I don’t like getting hit in the face. I know if I put you on your butt, you can’t hit me. I don’t mean to be mean to the fans. I know they want me to stand and bang, but it’s not ever going to be my gameplan. It’s always going to be wrestle, wrestle, wrestle, wrestle, wrestle. Plan Z is strike.”
Winning his third in a row and his seventh of his last eight, Blaydes is the latest to land on the doorstep of a UFC heavyweight title shot, but currently behind former champion Daniel Cormier, Francis Ngannou, and rising heavyweight prospect Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
When asked of what’s next for him, Blaydes admitted that its not his call.
“I don’t know,” Blaydes said of where he goes after the defeat of dos Santos. “I don’t make the rules. I’d like that to be a title shot, but you never know. I hope. That’s all I can do is hope.”
“Eight months is way, way too much,” Blaydes said of waiting on the winner of a Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier trilogy.
“I like to be active. I like to get in at least three fights a year. I could wait five to six months, but nothing I say tonight is in stone. It literally just happened. Who knows what happens with Ngannou, Rozenstruik, DC – I don’t know what’s going on.”