Curtis Blaydes’ Thoughts On UFC Heavyweight Title Picture – “I View Aspinall As The Guy With The Real Belt”

Curtis Blaydes is heading into his UFC 304 co-main event versus Tom Aspinall with the mentality that this fight is for the world title.

Aspinall will be defending his interim heavyweight title against Blaydes on July 27th from the Co-Op Live Arena in Manchester, England. In the main event of the evening, Leon Edwards will put his 170-pound belt on the line in a rematch with Belal Muhammad.

On a recent episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, “Razor” expressed the opinion that Tom Aspinall is the real heavyweight champion, not Jon Jones. This sentiment has been echoed by many in the MMA community due to the fact that Jones will be next face 265-pound legend Stipe Miocic, not the interim champion.

“Absolutely.” Curtis Blaydes responded when asked if he was fighting for the real heavyweight title against Tom Aspinall at UFC 304. “Jon won the heavyweight belt off of Ciryl Gane, who got the belt off of [nobody]. Yeah, yeah [it was vacant]. I know Jon is going to hear this and say ‘What? You don’t view me as the best heavyweight?!’, no Jon, I don’t think you’ve actually fought a heavyweight. I’m sorry.”

He continued, “I view Aspinall as the guy with the real belt. Aspinall [is the best heavyweight on the planet], one hundred percent… There’s nothing bad you can say about him. Absolutely nothing bad. With Jon, I’m going to be honest, he doesn’t look like a heavyweight. When he stepped into that cage with Ciryl Gane, I know I’m not the only one who thought he looked a little top-heavy… He could’ve proved me wrong. He could’ve fought Aspinall and proved everyone wrong, but he wants Stipe.”

Despite the obvious tactic in getting the attention of the current heavyweight champion, Blaydes did raise some good points. Jones has only been tested once in the 265-pound division, when he faced Ciryl Gane at UFC 285. Jones caught his opponent in a guillotine choke at just over the 2-minute mark of the very first round, and while the quick finish served as a stunning comeback from a 3-year layoff, many felt it did not serve as the proper test to determine a titleholder.



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