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During a recent appearance on Submission Radio, #3 ranked UFC Heavyweight fighter Curtis Blaydes, over knocked out Alistair Overeem (the man who defeated Brock Lesnar in Lesnar’s last fight during his first UFC run) in his last fight, talked about Brock Lesnar getting a UFC Heavyweight Title fight against Daniel Cormier, if Lesnar can defeat Cormier & more.
Below are the highlights:
On what a win over Francis Ngannou would do for him:
“Had I fought and beat Stipe, the heavyweight with the most title defenses, I think… I would’ve been automatically the next one in line. Beating Ngannou, does it improve my argument? I think so. Just because a win’s a win. Like, I have to beat whoever they give me, so you can’t punish me for beating a guy with a two-fight losing streak when that’s who they gave me.
This is the UFC, so you never know. I may have to fight one more time, I may have to fight two more times. Who knows? I used to think about that, like, my trajectory and who’s next and what’s next. But all it does is you end up feeling disappointed and disrespected when it doesn’t happen. And I don’t wanna be walking around feeling like I’m disrespected. So, I don’t have any expectations for after this fight besides winning. I don’t have any expectations for what’s next.”
On feeling disrespected by Brock Lesnar:
“I still feel disrespected that Brock Lesnar gets to jump in out of the blue. He’s not even ranked. He’s not even officially on the roster and he gets to have a title fight scheduled and he hasn’t proven himself. So yeah, that’s what makes me feel disrespected.”
On if he ever got the chance to speak to the UFC about Brock getting the title shot over him:
“No. But I mean, it’s obvious. We’re all adults. They want money. I get it. They want money. I’m not money yet, so it is what it is.”
On if he thinks Brock has any chance of defeating Daniel Cormier for the UFC Heavyweight Title:
“No. None whatsoever. I don’t even view Brock as a legitimate MMA fighter. He was juiced to the gills when he fought in the early to mid-2000’s. So I don’t respect juice heads.”
On if he sees MMA as a sport or entertainment:
“This isn’t a sport. It’s not a sport like the NFL or the NBA or MLB or NHL or any other major sports leagues in the world, because in any of those leagues you can’t just be a guy off the street and just take a guy’s spot on the roster cause you’re famous. That would be like if Will Smith was like, ‘yo, I really like the Lakers, I want to play for the Lakers’.
You can’t do that. This isn’t a sport, but it does require athleticism to get the most out of it. So, like you said, I’m in the middle. It’s probably leaning more towards the entertainment. I don’t think skill matters quite as much as marketability.”