Curtis Blaydes believes that the UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou should take advantage of the opportunities that come his way outside of
Curtis Blaydes believes that the UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou should take advantage of the opportunities that come his way outside of MMA.
The 31-year-old heavyweight made an appearance on The Hannibal TV YouTube channel to discuss his upcoming bout in the main event of UFC Fight Night London. “Razor” was also asked about his opinion on the current status of his former opponent Ngannou.
«If I were him, I would retire from MMA.Blaydes said. “He has already done enough. He’s not going to win as much as he would in boxing.. I would take the bag, I would take the opportunity to win $40 million.”
Ngannou is currently recovering from knee surgery following his heavyweight title defense against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 in January. The 35-year-old’s contract with the UFC is set to expire at the end of this year, and “The Predator” has been emphatic about his desire to box Tyson Fury once you are healthy.
Much has been speculated about the possibility that the UFC strips Ngannou of heavyweight title if he intends to wait for his contract to end, but Blaydes is not so sure.
«I don’t know if the UFC is going to want to strip him. That’s another ‘I don’t know’. That’s up to them. You’d be a fool to think anyone knows what they’re going to do.”
Currently the number 4 heavyweight contender in the UFC, Blaydes has shared the cage with Ngannou on two occasions. The two men first fought in 2016 in Blaydes’ UFC debut, with Ngannou emerging victorious after a doctor called off the fight late in the second round.
“Razor” bounced back from the first loss of his career by going 5-0 (1 NC) through his next six fights before a main event rematch with Ngannou at UFC Fight Night in Beijing. “The Predator” stopped Blaydes in under a minute to start his current five-fight win streak.which includes winning the heavyweight strap from Stipe Miocic.
Blaydes is currently riding a two-fight win streak. following a decision over Jairzinho Rozenstruik and a second-round stoppage of Chris Daukaus. It is planned that headline UFC Fight Night London in July against Tom Aspinall.