Rising heavyweight Curtis Blaydes recorded his third UFC win on Saturday night, but the powerful wrestler isn’t happy with how the victory occurred.
Blaydes took on Adam Milstead at UFC Fight Night 104, and he dominated the action right out of the gate, by turning to his takedowns and top game. Milstead appeared to injure his knee in the opening frame, but after he was taken down again in round two, he screamed out in pain. The fight was immediately stopped.
After the bout, Blaydes had this to say about the fight, and it’s unfortunate ending (quote via MMA Junkie):
“It takes me back to when I was a wrestler in high school,” Blaydes explained. “I won a match like that. The guy messed up his knee, and I felt bad because that could be me. I don’t want to lose like that either.
“I don’t want to lose because of an injury. That’s how I lost my first (UFC) fight, because my eye was swollen. That’s not how you want to lose a fight, because of an injury, so I feel for him.”
The loss came against another promising heavyweight in Francis Ngannou, who won their April, 2016 bout via doctor stoppage.
Hopefully Milstead isn’t sidelined for too long. The injury aside, Blaydes had a pretty impressive outing, and it will be interesting to see who he faces next. The 25 year-old went 5-0 before joining the UFC, and since then, Blaydes has gone 2-1.
Maybe he and Ngannou will cross paths once again down the road? The latter is coming off a quick, stoppage win over former champ, Andrei Arlovski in January.