Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Francis Ngannou will face top contender Curtis Blaydes in the main event of “UFC Fight Night: Beijing” on Nov. 24 and this rematch has been most talked about by the MMA fans, as ever since losing to Ngannou in his first fight which was also his UFC debut, Curtis has turned into a totally different animals, whereas Ngannou’s last two fights have been a major disappointment with his last fight against Derrick Lewis got the widest criticism from MMA fans all around the world.
Curtis Blaydes recently appeared on Submission Radio and said:
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“He looked like he didn’t wanna expend too much energy because he was too worried about having cardio issues like he did his last fight, I think that was the biggest thing that was in his head. He didn’t want to gas out again. But you can’t go into a fight with that mindset. You gotta believe in your training and your conditioning and just go out there and execute the game plan. But he didn’t. He just didn’t look like his usual aggressive self.”
“He never had to rely on anything else. He got away with being a one-punch KO artist,” Blaydes said. “Which, hey, it did work for him, got him a lot of money. So, you can’t really blame him. But if you want to be around for a while you gotta always be adding tools into your tool belt, and I think he neglected that. And I think yeah, it’s come back to bite him in the ass.”