Curtis Blaydes entered this fight with a professional record of 11-2-0 (73% ko/tko victory rate – he has never won via submission) and he is ranked as the No.8 heavyweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Stipe Miocic). He lost the rematch with Francis Ngannou last year (Curtis Blaydes vs Francis Ngannou 2) but he came back to win against Justin Willis in 2019 (Curtis Blaydes vs Justin Willis).
His opponent, Shamil Abdurakhimov, has a mma record of 20-4-0 (65% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.13 in the same weight class. He lost to Derrick Lewis in 2016 (Derrick Lewis vs Shamil Abdurakhimov) but since then he has won over Chase Sherman, Andrei Arlovski (Andrei Arlovski vs Shamil Abdurakhimov) and Marcin Tybura (Marcin Tybura vs Shamil Abdurakhimov). Blaydes vs Abdurakhimov is on the undercard of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier – UFC 242. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier
Where: The Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Division: heavyweight (265 lbs, 120 kg)
UFC 242 fight card (main card):
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier
Paul Felder vs Edson Barboza 2
Islam Makhachev vs Davi Ramos
Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs Mairbek Taisumov
Blaydes’ previous fight: Curtis Blaydes vs Justin Willis
Abdurakhimov’s previous fight: Marcin Tybura vs Shamil Abdurakhimov
Blaydes vs Abdurakhimov Fight Video:
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