UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BLAYDES vs. DOS SANTOS – Review
- In the main event of the evening, Curtis Blaydes recorded an impressive, 2nd round TKO victory over Junior dos Santos. With the victory, “Razor” now improves to a 13-2 professional record and has firmly established himself as a legitimate contender in the heavyweight division.
- Following his impressive victory, Blaydes said “Obviously the game plan was the wrestle, but he wasn’t letting that happen, so I had to adjust and rely on my striking more. I’ve always had hands, but no one could stop my wrestling, so why wouldn’t I keep going to that? It’s like the 49ers in football, if you can run for 300 yards, why wouldn’t you just keep running? You only pass it to make the people happy, but I don’t care about that, I care about getting that win. I struck today because he made me, but if I can get eight or nine takedowns, then that’s what it is going to be. I want to belt next, that’s it. It’s not up to me, but I want the belt. I don’t want to wait long, but I can do four or five months if that works out. I’m going to grab a couple beers, get on my flight back to Denver and then get back to training.”
- Arnold Allen continued his impressive rise through the featherweight division with a unanimous decision victory over Nik Lentz in the prelims. “Almighty” has now won 7 straight UFC® bouts and holds a 16-1 career record.
- Pleased with continuing his winning streak, Allen said “I feel great, they took me out of the rankings, but as I always say, keep winning and everything will take care of itself. The first round I felt like it could have gone either way, but the second and third rounds I felt confident were mine. I knew I had done enough to get the decision. Nik is basically the complete opposite of what we were prepping for with Emmett. He’s not a one-punch bomber, but he’s a veteran and a strong wrestler who is going to try and grind you out. He did everything we thought he would, but I was also pleasantly surprised with his striking, he’s made a lot of improvements in his last few fights. I’m on the longest win streak in the featherweight division and I’m not even on the final prelim fight of the night and I didn’t even get an interview in the Octagon, so it’s not really up to me. Like I said, I’ll keep winning and eventually they won’t have a choice.”
- Brett Johns returned to winning ways with a submission victory over Tony Gravely in the 3rd round of their bantamweight bout. This was Johns’ first fight in 18 months and the Welshman marked his return to the Octagon with ‘Performance of the Night’ honours.
- Delighted with his victory, Johns said: “My last win was at the end of 2017, haven’t won a fight since then. Before that, everyone was calling me the future champ, which I loved, but 700 odd days later, I hadn’t had a win. It was difficult, very, very difficult. It’s nice to be back in the win column, and not just a win, but to beat a really good guy. Yes he’s new to the UFC, but the guy is an absolute stud. There were plenty of times that he was throwing me around and I was on my back. I think he’s a future champion, but I knew how important this fight was in my career. I love being in there, I missed it so much. I’m a strong wrestler myself, I know he’s excellent and you can argue he won the exchanges, but I just wanted to prove that I’m no slouch in the wrestling department either. I knew there were a lot of people back home supporting me for this one, so it’s a dream come true. I feel like I’m injury free, so I want to fight at least three times this year, if not four. I’ve got a family friend back home getting married, so I want to be there for his stag party, but after that I’m ready to go whenever. Something like April would be perfect.”