In a span of seven months, Curtis
dismantled three top-10 opponents. He first stopped
submission specialist Alexey
before dominating Mark Hunt
last Saturday, he viciously put away Alistair
Blaydes is 5-1-1 in the UFC, and the only blemish on his record was
dished out by Francis
, the current No. 1 contender. That was his very first
fight in the promotion. As he approaches title contention, here are
five things you might not know about the
Elevation Fight Team
1. He has made clear his intentions for fighting.
Unlike other fighters who say they are in it to prove they are the
best in the world and will take as many heads off as they can in
the process, Blaydes has made it clear that it’s the monetary gains
of fighting that drives him. But make no mistake; he is a hard
worker who will stop at nothing to reach his full potential and be
recognized for what he does. The point is, he is not the type who
gets excited by getting punched in the face. It’s all
professionalism for the wrestler from Chicago.
2. He’s not one to get into fights.
As already implied, Blaydes isn’t the aggressive type, claiming he
never engaged in a fist fight with anyone growing up. Even when he
was working as night club security, he only broke up fights and
never participated in one. He even admitted that sparring doesn’t
come easy for him as he is not comfortable hurting people. Quite a
revelation from someone who has a reputation for knocking people
3. He's a real homebody.
After a grueling training session, there is no place to go for
Blaydes but home. He is a true homebody who prefers to stay indoors
and play video games or watch Netflix. Sci-fi and fantasy movies
are on the menu when he’s holding the remote.
4. He's loving it in the Mile-High City.
Blaydes is originally from Chicago but he is definitely loving the
feel of Denver. One reason he likes it in Denver is the weather,
plus the fact that he feels training at altitude, specifically with
Elevation Fight Team, truly makes a difference.
5. He almost lent his skills and talent to the academe.
Blaydes claims that his career path was headed towards being a
history teacher. Of course that’s before he heeded the call of
wrestling, which became his stepping stone to mixed martial arts.
He is an athlete by heart and always wanted to continue that type