Curtis Blaydes is set to face against the only UFC fighter he’s lost to, Francis Ngannou, but it seems like he’s still upset about not getting the title shot against Daniel Cormier.
After Cormier became the second dual-division champ in the history of UFC, a lot of fighters are coming forward to fight him. However, with the sudden appearance of Brock Lesnar, all other hopeful opponents were disregarded.
Also, given the fact that Cormier will retire in March 2019, only the lucky ones will be able to get the chance to steal one his belts. And among heavyweights, Blaydes is probably one of the most qualified challengers for the title shot.
However, Cormier stated during the post-fight press conference that it would now be difficult to fight someone not so famous, like Blaydes.Francis Ngannou is declared the winner by TKO against Curtis Blaydes during UFC Fight Night at Zagreb Arena. (Photo: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports)
Blaydes Understands But Feels Disrespected
On the latest episode of Submission Radio, Blaydesexpressed his thoughts on Lesnar’s controversial title shot. He says he believes that the WWE star wouldn’t stand any chance on defeating the dual champ.
“No [chance]. None whatsoever,” Blaydes said. “I don’t even view Brock as a legitimate MMA fighter.”
“He was juiced to the gills when he fought in the early to mid-2000’s. So I don’t respect juice heads.”
Blaydes admitted that he feels disrespected by the UFC for allowing Lesnar to bump off everyone in the list to fight Cormier.
“I still feel disrespected that Brock Lesnar gets to jump in out of the blue,” he said. “He’s not even ranked. He’s not even officially on the roster, and he gets to have a title fight scheduled, and he hasn’t proven himself. So yeah, that’s what makes me feel disrespected.”
Although, he also understands why the UFC suddenly gave way for the return of Lesnar.
“We’re all adults,” he said. “They want money. I get it. They want money. I’m not money yet, so it is what it is.”Curtis Blaydes suffers a severe injury during his fight against Francis Ngannou. (Photo: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports)
Not Getting His Hopes Up
With his upcoming heavyweight bout against Francis Ngannou at
He is hoping that a potential win over Ngannou will guarantee him the chance at heavyweight gold after Lesnar. However, he says he’s not expecting anything aside from winning.
“This is the UFC, so you never know,” he said. “I may have to fight one more time, I may have to fight two more times. Who knows? I used to think about that, like, my trajectory and who’s next and what’s next. But all it does is you end up feeling disappointed and disrespected when it doesn’t happen. And I don’t wanna be walking around feeling like I’m disrespected. So, I don’t have any expectations for after this fight besides winning. I don’t have any expectations for what’s next.”