UFC heavyweight Contender Curtis Blaydes has revealed that his fight with Derrick Lewis which was scrapped from UFC Vegas 15 has been rescheduled for February.
According to multiple sources speaking to MMA Fighting on Friday, Blaydes tested positive for COVID-19, which forced the UFC to cancel the main event. There are early talks about rescheduling the heavyweight fight for a later date in February 2021.
The original plan from the UFC was to rebook the match after Blaydes did his two-week quarantine and recovered, but the UFC was not able to make it happen before the end of 2020. Instead, the promotion is now targeting the fight to take place in early 2021. The problem is, the UFC still wants it as a main event fight and there are not many dates available right now.
Blaydes talks about His Fight
Speaking to James Lynch of Fanatics View, Blaydes said the UFC was originally targeting the rebooked fight with Lewis to take place on January 20 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. However, as luck would have it, the welterweight bout between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev also fell apart due to Edwards testing positive for COVID-19, and the UFC is giving that fight the January 20 date instead.
Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) gave an update on rebooking his previously scheduled fight vs. Derrick Lewis
— James Lynch (@LynchOnSports) December 16, 2020
“They’re working on getting us rebooked. They wanted us to be the main event. Originally, I was scheduled for January 20, but then I think there’s a new main event for that card now. So we got pushed back to February 20, but I haven’t received a contract yet so we could easily get pushed back again. I don’t know, but I know they are working on getting that (date),” Curtis Blaydes said.
With now no main events or co-main events slot available to book this Heavyweight battle it looks like UFC will have to push the fight after UFC 257.
Blaydes and Lewis were put on a collision course following recent wins where both fighters mentioned an interest in the fight.
Currently riding a four-fight win streak, Blaydes has been on a mission to earn a heavyweight title shot while taking out opponents such as Junior dos Santos and Alexander Volkov in recent performances. The only blemishes on Blaydes’ UFC record are a pair of losses to Francis Ngannou but otherwise, he’s been undefeated with 10 victories inside the octagon.
As for Lewis, the former heavyweight title contender has picked up three wins in a row capped off by a knockout over Aleksei Oleinik in his most recent outing.
Unfortunately, it appears both Blaydes and Lewis will have to wait until a later date to potentially clash as there has been no official announcement fort the fight made.
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