The fight was supposed to take place last November at UFC Vegas 15, but the fight got cancelled as Derrick Lewis tested positive for covid-19 a day before the fight. Ahead of his fight, Blaydes has called the UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic the ‘GOAT’ of the heavyweight division.
“I think Stipe [Miocic] is the GOAT of the heavyweight division,” Curtis Blaydes said. “He’s got the most title defenses. He’s got the most consecutive defenses and just all the guys he had to beat to get there. He had to beat Junior [dos Santos]. He had to beat Alistair [Overeem]. He had to beat D.C twice. He’s gone pretty much through the gauntlet.”
Curtis Blaydes also stated that the fight between Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic taking place at UFC 260 on March 26 will go the same way it did back in 2018. With that being said, that the toughest fight for Stipe will be against Jon Jones, who is scheduled to fight the winner of Miocic vs Jones 2.
“I think if anything, the only difference, it wouldn’t be out of Stipe cause his game plan worked. It would be Ngannou, maybe he would be a little more reserved this time, not as aggressive,” Curtis Blaydes said about the upcoming rematch at UFC 260.
“I do agree that Stipe would beat Jon but that would be a great fight. Jon would definitely make Stipe earn it to get past that long reach and also get past the creative and funky ways he keeps people away from him, the distance. It’s interesting.”
Curtis Blaydes reveals his gameplan for Derrick Lewis fight
Curtis Blaydes also revealed his gameplan for the Derrick Lewis fight. He revealed that he is going to outwrestle him.
“The more aggressive you are, the easier is it is for me to get to your hips,” Blaydes said about taking Lewis down. “Even if you’re more counter oriented like Junior dos Santos was, as long as I’ve got you on your back heel, I’m winning the fight and eventually either the takedown or the strikes will open up.
“I view the majority of the division like that. I view Ngannou like that. The majority of the guys in the division, I get them on the ground and they’re not a problem no more.” (H/T – MMAFighting.com)