Curtis Blaydes says Derrick Lewis is underestimating him heading into UFC Vegas 19
The match-up slated to possess shut spot Saturday at UFC Vegas 19 between number two ranked heavyweight Curtis Blaydes and number four ranked heavyweight Derrick Lewis has been brewing for some time.
Really, each and each warring parties were calling for bouts against every other in an instant after Lewis’s closing fight, a victory over Aleksei Oleinik.
Within the put up-fight press convention from that card in August 2020, Lewis claimed he also can possess shut Blaydes down and punish him on the bottom.
Speaking with MMAWeekly.com on the UFC Vegas 19 digital media day, Blaydes mentioned he chuckles at that thought.
“I feel he modified into correct pronouncing that to elicit some response from the media, which I feel that modified into completed,” Blaydes mentioned. “If he shoots, which formula he’s having a crude day. Derrick would now not are wanting to struggle.”
While Blaydes believes some of these comments made by Lewis shall be attributed to his renown humorousness, he additionally believes Lewis is in actuality underestimating his wrestling potential.
“He understands I’m a badass wrestler because I realize that he’s bought some loopy strength in his fingers. I’m no longer gonna be facetious and be like ‘Yeah, I’m gonna stand and I’m gonna knockout Derrick in the first spherical.’ That’s correct purchasing for clickbait,” Blaydes mentioned. “That’s no longer my advise, that’s his advise.”
Curtis Blaydes heaps reward on teammate Cory Sandhagen, likens him to Anderson Silva
While Blaydes educated for his fight with Lewis, his teammate and number two ranked bantamweight Cory Sandhagen modified into getting ready for his match-up with Frankie Edgar.
Blaydes mentioned Sandhagen’s evolution as a fighter is something to seem, heaping excessive reward for the end ranked bantamweight.
“He modified into already precise when I first joined Elevation and I bought there almost five years ago,” Blaydes mentioned. “Nonetheless I’ve considered the enlargement and the maturation. I’ve considered him grow extra confident in his programs. I behold him throw out all forms of loopy programs in the gym and it’s correct fabulous to see.”
Blaydes believes Sandhagen has the aptitude to turn into one in all essentially the most attention-grabbing strikers that the sport has ever considered.
“Factor in being in the gym staring at Anderson Silva. I’m no longer comparing Cory to Anderson; I’m correct pronouncing I know Anderson has immense fingers,” Blaydes mentioned. “I know he modified into potentially pulling off some loopy programs in the gym and the guys that were privy to see it were potentially like ‘Wow, we’re staring at one in all essentially the most attention-grabbing stand-up warring parties of our generation,’ and I cease remark Cory has the aptitude to be one in all essentially the most attention-grabbing stand-up warring parties of our generation.”
Blaydes additionally picked Sandhagen to possess shut in a potential match-up against outdated bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, who’s strolling back from an USADA administered suspension after making an are trying out sure for EPO.
“I feel that favors Cory; I cease. I know TJ’s very powerful. I know his resume because when I bought to Elevation, TJ modified into there too,” Blaydes mentioned. “So I know what he’s about and I know he’s an precise wrestler. Nonetheless Cory man, he brings all of it together.”
Blaydes hopes to bring any other victory dwelling to Elevation MMA alongside with Sandhagen’s when he takes on Derrick Lewis in the foremost tournament of UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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