UFC 221 winner Curtis Blaydes: ‘I want anyone in the top-five’
Curtis Blaydes defeated legendary Mark Hunt on his home turf at UFC 221 with a unanimous decision win in a co-headliner.
This win got Blaydes in the heavyweight title contenders conversation and now he wants another top-ranked opponent in his next fight, ideally at UFC 225 on June 9, which takes place in his backyard at United Center in Chicago.
“(I want) anyone in the top-five,” Blaydes told reporters at UFC 221’s post-fight news conference. “Cain (Velasquez), Alistair (Overeem), (Fabricio) Werdum. I won’t call anyone out – I haven’t earned that right. But I do want to get on that Chicago card. I feel like that’s what I want to ask for. I want to feel this. I want my fans screaming my name, booing my opponent.”
“When he landed those heavy strikes he definitely rocked me,” Blaydes said. “My vision went black for like two seconds and then I knew, I heard my cornerman screaming, ‘Takedown!’ I knew I should get the takedown. That’s why he was able to get up so quickly. I wasn’t really in it. I got the takedown, and it gave me a bit of time to recovery. Then I figured out the range and knew where I had to be. From there I knew I had to continue to take him down. I was able to gas him out and get the ‘W.’”
“I hope I start getting the respect I deserve,” Blaydes. “I hope I get in the UFC video game. That feels like a big bummer. Like, how am I not in the game? Two of the guys I just beat. Mark Hunt and Aleksei Oleinik are both in the game and I’m not, so I feel like that’s a bit disrespectful. Hopefully that gets remedied.”