Bestinau got that-
Curtis Blaydes breathes through the neck of the top heavyweight division.
“Razor” took just over a round to land a thumping right hand that dropped Chris Daukaus (12-5) and left Daukaus defenseless to stop the subsequent ground thrusts that definitively ended the UFC Columbus main event.
It was the second straight win for Blaydes (16-3, 1 NC), the No. 5 heavyweight in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings, and he didn’t mince his words in his post-fight interview when asked what’s next. step ahead of him.
“I think I deserve an interim title shot against” [Ciryl] Gane,” Blaydes said. “I want the next one. I want the title photo. We can do it anytime this summer. June, July, August, I’m down.”
An interim heavyweight championship title is expected to be created in the absence of undisputed defending champion Francis Ngannou, who is currently embroiled in a contract dispute with the UFC and is unlikely to compete in 2021 after recently undergoing knee surgery.
Two-time UFC champion Stipe Miocic was in attendance at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and when Blaydes was alerted to his presence by UFC commentator Daniel Cormier, Blaydes sent a respectful appeal to Miocic.
“I want to be like you Stipe, that means I may have to beat you, but I absolutely respect you,” said Blaydes. “You are one of the best in the world, one of the best of all time in the division. I fucking respect you.”
Despite not competing in over a year, Miocic’s name remains in the mix for an interim title fight alongside the likes of Gane and former light heavyweight king Jon Jones.
Blaydes has a strong case for being included in that discussion after his latest win. On the opening round, Blaydes showed off his improved punching power as he outsmarted Daukaus with sharp blows, showing no hint of the wrestling that made him a heavyweight contender (Blaydes said in his post-fight interview that the threat of a takedown him an edge in the stand-up).
The first five minutes were just a hint of what was to come when Blaydes landed a perfectly timed right hand on an advancing Daukaus, crashing into the canvas. Blaydes followed with relentless punches to the ground to prompt referee Herb Dean to intervene.
The official time of the stoppage was 0:17 in lap 2.
Blaydes has now won two straight fights and six of his past seven. He is 11-3 (1 NC) in the UFC with two of those losses by Ngannou.
Daukaus loses back-to-back fights by knockout after kicking off his UFC career with four consecutive knockout wins of his own.