Curtis Blaydes

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Curtis Blaydes
BornCurtis Lionell Blaydes
(1991-02-18) February 18, 1991 (age 29)
Naperville, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesRazor
ResidenceLakewood, Colorado, U.S.
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Weight261 lb (118 kg; 18.6 st)
Reach80 in (200 cm)[1][2]
StyleFolkstyle wrestling
Fighting out ofChicago, Illinois, U.S.
TeamElevation Fight Team
WrestlingNJCAA Wrestling[1]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout10
By decision4
By knockout2
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Curtis Lionell Blaydes (born February 18, 1991) is an American professional mixed martial artist, currently competing in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2014, he formerly competed for the RFA. As of September 9, 2019, he is #3 in the UFC heavyweight rankings.[3]


Blaydes was born in Naperville, Illinois and raised in nearby Chicago along with his four other siblings. He began wrestling for the De La Salle Institute, winning a state title his senior year while also compiling an undefeated 44-0 record. During his four years, Blaydes compiled an overall record of 95-18 with 121 takedowns. Blaydes also played football for De La Salle as a defensive end. He later earned a full wrestling scholarship to Northern Illinois University. After going 19-2 as a redshirt freshman at NIU, he transferred to Harper College. At Harper, Blaydes won the NJCAA National Championship as a redshirt sophomore. After he began fighting in amateur mixed martial arts, Blaydes left school to focus on a career in MMA.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Blaydes compiled an 8-0 amateur record before turning professional in 2014. He then went 5-0, with all wins via TKO, before being signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Blaydes made his promotional debut against Francis Ngannou on April 10, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 86.[5] He lost the fight via TKO at the conclusion of the second round due to doctor stoppage.[6]

Blaydes next faced Cody East on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96.[7] He won the fight via TKO in the second round,[8] winning his first UFC Performance of the Night bonus.[9]

Blaydes faced Adam Milstead on February 4, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 104.[10] After dominating action throughout the first round, Blaydes won the fight via TKO after Milstead sustained a knee injury.[11] Subsequently, the result was changed to a No Contest after Blaydes tested positive for marijuana.[12]

Blaydes faced Daniel Omielańczuk on July 8, 2017 at UFC 213.[13] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[14]

Blaydes faced Alexey Oleynik on November 4, 2017 at UFC 217.[15] He won the fight via TKO due to a doctor stoppage. The referee stopped the fight after Blaydes delivered an illegal kick to a downed opponent and called a doctor to check on Oliynyk. The fight was stopped due to the doctor's advice. The replay, however, showed the strike did not deliver significant damage (as it only grazed the ear), and the fight was ruled a TKO win for Blaydes.[16]

Blaydes faced Mark Hunt on February 11, 2018 at UFC 221.[17] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Blaydes faced Alistair Overeem on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225.[19] He won the fight via TKO due to elbows in the third round.[20] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[21]

Blaydes faced Francis Ngannou in a rematch on November 24, 2018 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 141[22] He lost the fight via TKO early into the first round.[23]

Blaydes faced Justin Willis on March 23, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 148.[24] In the fight Blaydes continually took Willis down and controlled him and also scored a knockdown in the second round. He won the fight via dominant unanimous decision.[25]

Blaydes faced Shamil Abdurakhimov on September 7, 2019 at UFC 242.[26] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[27]

Blaydes faced Junior dos Santos on January 25, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 166.[28] He won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[29]

Blaydes faced Alexander Volkov on June 20, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov.[30] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[31]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Folkstyle wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 14 wins 2 losses
By knockout 10 2
By decision 4 0
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–2 (1) Alexander Volkov Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov June 20, 2020 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–2 (1) Junior dos Santos TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos January 25, 2020 2 1:06 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Win 12–2 (1) Shamil Abdurakhimov TKO (elbow and punches) UFC 242 September 7, 2019 2 2:22 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 11–2 (1) Justin Willis Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Pettis March 23, 2019 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 10–2 (1) Francis Ngannou TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 November 24, 2018 1 0:45 Beijing, China
Win 10–1 (1) Alistair Overeem TKO (elbows) UFC 225 June 9, 2018 3 2:56 Chicago, Illinois, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 9–1 (1) Mark Hunt Decision (unanimous) UFC 221 February 11, 2018 3 5:00 Perth, Australia
Win 8–1 (1) Aleksei Oleinik TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 217 November 4, 2017 2 1:56 New York City, New York, United States
Win 7–1 (1) Daniel Omielańczuk Decision (unanimous) UFC 213 July 8, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 6–1 (1) Adam Milstead NC (overturned) UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie February 4, 2017 2 0:59 Houston, Texas, United States Originally a TKO (knee injury) win for Blaydes; overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.
Win 6–1 Cody East TKO (elbows) UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson October 1, 2016 2 2:02 Portland, Oregon, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 5–1 Francis Ngannou TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos April 10, 2016 2 5:00 Zagreb, Croatia
Win 5–0 Luis Cortez TKO (punches) RFA 35: Moises vs. Castillo February 19, 2016 3 0:41 Orem, Utah, United States
Win 4–0 Allen Crowder TKO (punches) RDMMA: Battle in the South 10 April 10, 2015 2 N/A Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Win 3–0 Brad Faylor TKO (punches) SCS 23: Redemption November 15, 2014 2 0:45 Hinton, Oklahoma, United States
Win 2–0 William Baptiste TKO (punches) XFO 53 October 11, 2014 1 2:14 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 1–0 Lorenzo Hood TKO (doctor stoppage) XFO 51 May 31, 2014 1 1:42 Chicago, Illinois, United States


Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 5–0 Tyler Reece Submission XFO Fight NIght February 21, 2014 1 0:24 Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
Win 4–0 Anthony Harvey Decision (Unanimous) Brawl at the Hall 10 November 15, 2013 3 5:00 Joliet, Illinois, United States Defended the BOH Amateur Heavyweight Title.
Win 3–0 Pete Juska TKO (Punches) AFPC 13 - Summer Brawl July 13, 2013 1 2:16 Villa Park, Illinois, United States
Win 2–0 Angel Cabral TKO (Punches) Brawl at the Hall June 7, 2013 1 2:16 Joliet, Illinois, United States Won the BOH Amateur Heavyweight Title.
Win 1–0 Robbie Strong TKO (Punches) No Mercy 2012 September 29, 2012 1 0:13 Melrose Park, Illinois, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Curtis Blaydes - Official UFC Profile". Archived from the original on September 14, 2018.
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  3. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
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  5. ^ Staff (2016-03-14). "Curtis Blaydes in for Bojan Mihajlovic against Francis Ngannou at UFC Fight Night 86". Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  6. ^ Damon Martin (2016-04-10). "Francis Ngannou beats Curtis Blaydes after nasty eye injury stops the fight". Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  7. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-09-16). "Cody East, Curtis Blaydes to lock horns at IFC Fight Night in Portland". Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  8. ^ Staff (2016-10-01). "Curtis Blaydes drills Cody East into a TKO stoppage". Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  9. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-10-01). "UFC Fight Night Portland bonuses: Moreno, da Silva, Marquardt, Blaydes get $50K". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  10. ^ David McKinney (2016-12-05). "Adam Milstead returns to the UFC on Super Bowl weekend". Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  11. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-02-04). "UFC Fight Night 104 results: Curtis Blaydes throws Adam Milstead around, wrecks his knee for TKO". Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  12. ^ Marc Raimondi (2017-03-17). "Three fighters test positive for marijuana at UFC Fight Night 104". Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  13. ^ Staff (2017-04-19). "Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk heavyweight bout teed up for UFC 213 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  14. ^ "UFC 213 results: Curtis Blaydes shows room to improve in clean-sweep win vs. Daniel Omielanczuk". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  15. ^ Staff (2017-08-16). "Bisping-GSP, Garbrandt-Dillashaw title fights among 7 official for UFC 217". Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  16. ^ Matt Erickson (2017-11-04). "UFC 217 results: After bizarre ending, Curtis Blaydes gets TKO win over Aleksei Oleinik". Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  17. ^ "Hunt: 'Werdum is a coward... Chicken s**t'". Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  18. ^ "UFC 221 results: Curtis Blaydes dominates Mark Hunt for biggest win of career". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  19. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-03-01). "Alistair Overeem returns at UFC 225 in Chicago against Curtis Blaydes". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  20. ^ "UFC 225 results: Curtis Blaydes elbows slice open, finish Alistair Overeem". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-10. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  21. ^ "UFC 225 Bonuses: Whittaker, Romero Garner 'Fight of the Night' Honors for Classic Battle". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  22. ^ Cillian Cunniingham (2016-08-16). "Curtis Blaydes/Francis Ngannou rematch set for UFC Beijing". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  23. ^ "Francis Ngannou Returns to Form, Blasts Curtis Blaydes in UFC Fight Night 141 Headliner". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  24. ^ Jesse Holland (2019-01-16). "Curtis Blaydes vs Justin Willis on tap for UFC Nashville". Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  25. ^ "UFC Nashville results: Curtis Blaydes shuts down Justin Willis in one-sided affair". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-24. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  26. ^ Hulbert, Joe (2019-05-29). "Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov slated for UFC 242". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  27. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-09-07). "UFC 242 Results: Curtis Blaydes Takes Down, Smashes Shamil Abdurakhimov Repeatedly". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  28. ^ "Curtis Blaydes To Battle Junior Dos Santos At UFC Raleigh". UFC. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  29. ^ McClory, Mike (2020-01-25). "UFC Raleigh Results: Curtis Blaydes Stops Junior Dos Santos in Second". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  30. ^ "Blaydes-Volkov back on after Canada card nixed". 2020-05-30. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  31. ^ Josh Evanoff (2020-06-21). "UFC on ESPN 11 Results: Curtis Blaydes Dominates Alexander Volkov, Sets Takedown Record". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  32. ^ "UFC 225 Bonuses: Whittaker, Romero Garner 'Fight of the Night' Honors for Classic Battle". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  33. ^ Omnisport (June 20, 2020). "Dana White tells Curtis Blaydes he made himself 'look stupid' after 'talking s***'".
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