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The Main Event comes in the Heavyweight division, as Curtis “Razor” Blaydes takes on Chris Daukaus. A winner of five of the last six fights, including most recently defeating Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Blaydes has his eyes set on a title shot. Checking in at 4th in the rankings, it’s only a matter of time before the UFC can’t deny the body of work Blaydes has put forth. Meanwhile, Daukaus most recently saw a five-fight win streak snapped against Derrick Lewis. A fight that could of catapulted himself into the title picture. Given another big opportunity here, Daukaus has the chance to crack the division’s top five with a victory.
As for a prediction, I have Blaydes winning. While Daukaus presents issues on the feet, having won eleven of his twelve victories via knockout, Blaydes presents an even bigger issue with his wrestling. Number one all-time in the Heavyweight division in control time, top position time and takedowns landed, Blaydes is one of the best wrestlers to grace the octagon. Having gone 10-3 with one no contest in fourteen fights inside the octagon, Blaydes has been a disruptive force at Heavyweight. The only problem for him, is that he was defeated twice by the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Francis Ngannou. However, as long as he keeps winning, eventually he can’t be denied of a title shot. First thing’s first, take out Chris Daukaus. A fast striker, with the ability to swarm and knockout opponents with volume. Having never been taken down, mainly due to the fact that he has been knocking opponents out in round one, it remains to be seen if Daukaus can in fact keep Blaydes from getting this fight to the mat. If he can, game on. If he can’t, game over. I happen to be on the side of the latter. So with that said, I predict Blaydes to win via TKO.