Blaydes Sees Chaos In Heavyweight Division’s Future
For Curtis Blaydes, a Daniel Cormier trilogy fight with Stipe Miocic is already holding up his chances at fighting for the heavyweight title, a potential megafight for Miocic and boxer Tyson Fury following that may put his title hopes on a big hiatus.
“Apparently Stipe’s saying he’s interested in fighting Tyson Fury at boxing. That might put the DC trilogy on hold,” Blaydes said to MMA Fighting. “I don’t put no energy into it. I know what’s going on but I don’t stay up in bed all night and think about all the possible alternate realities. You never know. It’s a little bit chaotic, you just have to learn to live with it.
“I really, really respect Stipe. I understand he wants the money. It’s a money grab. I get it. He would destroy Tyson [in MMA]. It would be a lot of money. Pay-per-views would be out the wazoo.”
“I respect him and I get why he wants the money but at the same time it does affect my timeline of what I want to get done. I do feel some type of way about it but I’m not going to bash Stipe. I get it,” Blaydes said of Miocic, a former training partner.
“I get that but then again I’m in the midst of my career and how long do I have to wait for a title shot? How many more money grab fights do I have to wait through before I get a shot?”
When it comes to the aforementioned trilogy with Cormier, Blaydes feels the second fight is a huge indicator of how the first went down.
“I’ll go with Stipe [to win] again,” Blaydes said. “Especially after both got a win under their belts, if they do fight again, the rounds are going to be a lot more explosive. They’ve both seen what the other one has and they won’t be as tentative. I still think Stipe’s the better striker and he definitely has the reach advantage.
“It all depends if DC goes in there with the mindset just to wrestle, he could probably win, but I think he has an ego. He wants to strike with Stipe and that will be his downfall. I would definitely love to see that happen [with me against Stipe] but right now I’m focused on JDS and we’ll go from there.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting