Anyone who still thinks Curtis Blaydes is “just” a wrestler is wrong. The American heavyweight once again showed the power of his hands on Saturday in the main event of UFC Columbus. “Razor” landed a straight right that brought down fellow countryman Chris Dawkos and leveled the bill with kicks for the downed opponent, leaving with a TKO win at 17 seconds into the second round.
Curtis Blades announced the winner against Chris Dawkos at UFC Columbus – Photo: Josh Hedges/Zova LLC
Blaydes is best known for his wrestling, and this time he doesn’t mention capturing the Daukaus. In the first round without much emotion, he kept the opponent at a distance using a jab and right, even opening a cut on Daukaus’ left eyebrow with a right punch. In the second round, Daukaus wanted to go stand with a low hand and paid a heavy price. Blaydes landed a direct hit and knocked the opponent to the ground. After a few sledgehammers, referee Herb Dean was declaring the fight over.
“Razor” has his second straight win, his fifth in his last six fights and his third TKO victory in this sequence. In addition to telling rivals that it’s best to prepare because he can catch a hit, the American requested a temporary title fight against France’s Cyril Jean (current champion Francis Ngannou is expected to be out for nine months after surgery on his knee).
– I think I deserve to fight for the temporary belt against Jen! May it be June, July, whatever, I’m ready – exclaims Curtis Blades.
Curtis Blades (left) lands his left kick on Chris Dawkos (right) – Photo: Josh Hedges/Zova LLC
Kara-France qualifies for the belt
In a fight that could determine the next contender for the top spot in the flyweight, New Zealander Kai Kara-France defeated Russia’s Askar Askarov by unanimous decision (29-28 triple) in a highly balanced match. The first round was all of an ascrove: grabbed the opponent, knocked him to the ground, carried his backpack, and nearly finished with a naked rear choke.
Kay Kara France (right) celebrates his winning announcement against Askar Ascrof (left) – Photo: Josh Hedges/Zova LLC.
However, in the second round, Team Kara-France came back chomping and stole the fighting moment with a straight right that stirred the crowd. A group of crosses injured Askarov, and the left went to the Russian’s chin several times. The last round was the most even. Ascrof tried to pack the New Zealander again, but ended up falling to the side. Kara France even upset the Russian balance with a low kick and had a small advantage on his feet, enough to win the round and fight.
This was Askarov’s first defeat after 14 wins and one draw. Cara-France won third in a row and said Brandon Moreno should face champion Davson Figueiredo soon, but he wants his next shot in the belt.
Brown and Barberina show off batting
as expected, Matt Brown Brian Barberina gave a very crowded fight. In the second round, very evenly, Barberina opened a cut below the home fighter’s eye, but Brown almost finished with a triangle choke. In the last round, it was Brown who cut his opponent’s forehead with his elbow. The two publicly traded for most of the tour and walked out with a standing ovation. But in the end, the crowd booed the split decision in favor of Barberina (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) — Columbus, Ohio, home of Matt Brown.
Matt Brown (left) and Brian Barberina (right) had an amazing fight at UFC Columbus – Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
Magny and Griffin Reward Master Card Show
Promoted to main card with cancellation of Ilir Latifi x Alexey Oleynik (Latifi rejected due to illness other than Covid-19) Neil Magni Put up a presentation to the audience. Griffin dominated the first round, landing a lot of low and head kicks. I knocked Ayman Magni’s hook. In the second round, the “Haitian Sensation” responded and began a confrontation with Griffin, who looked tired in the second half of the tour. The third and final period was entirely owned by Magni, who dominated the opponent in the back and had a huge advantage in connected punches. In the end a victory Neil Magni by split decision.
Neil Magney lifts Max Griffin and nearly kicks him off the octagon in the final leg of the bout – Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
The result is equal Neil Magni To legend Georges St-Pierre as the welterweight record holder to win the UFC, with 19.
Grasso Wood advances in the first round
Alexa Grasso shuts off the bare rear throttle that introduced Joan Wood – Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
Mexican Alexa Grasso earned the first surrender of her career by defeating Scotsman Joan Wood. I dodged a circular elbow from “JoJo” and grabbed it to take it down. On the ground, he quickly took his back and closed my bare chokehold behind me. Wood hit a loss with 3:57 in the first round.
UFC Blaydes vs Daukaus
March 26, 2022 in Ohio (USA)
Curtis Blades defeated Chris Dawkos by TKO in 17 seconds of R2
Alexa Grasso defeated Joanne Wood by submission at 3:57 of R1
Brian Barberina won Matt Brown By split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kai Kara defeated France’s Askar Ascrof by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Neil Magni Defeated Max Griffin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mark Diakis defeated Vyacheslav Borshov by unanimous decision (30-27 triple)
Sarah McMahon defeated Carol Rosa by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Chris Gutierrez defeated Danaa Batgerel by TKO at 2:34 of R2
Aleskhab Khizriev defeated Denis Tuliulin by surrendering in the 58th and 58th minute of the second round
Manon Furo defeated Jennifer Maya by unanimous decision (30-27 triple)
Matthews Nikolaou defeated David Dvorak by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Luis Saldania defeated Bruno Sousa by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
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