UFC Fight Night forecast – Curtis Blaydes versus Alexander Volkov: Fight card, chances, start time, live streamIt may take a blend of karma, timing and chance however heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes accepts there is a situation in play that could see him trying for a UFC title before the finish of 2020.
In fact, a significant number of the situations that make up Blaydes’ best-laid plans are outside of his control. The main thing the 29-year-old can control is the initial step, which includes him besting Alexander Volkov on Saturday in the headliner of a UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas.
“After this end of the week when I get my hand raised, I’m expecting [Daniel Cormier] and Stipe [Miocic} to have their set of three in August and I’ve heard reports they are both expected to resign,” Blaydes revealed to CBS Sports’ “Province of Combat” digital recording on Wednesday. “That would mean the belt would be empty and I anticipate that it should be [Francis] Ngannou versus me, at some point in December.”
Can’t get enough UFC? Buy in to our digital broadcast State of Combat with Brian Campbell where we stall all that you have to know in the Octagon, including a total see of UFC Fight Night with Hall of Famer ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans.Not just would his expectation for twofold retirement to both Miocic, the 37-year-old victor who is doing combating eye issues, and the 41-year-old Cormier need to work out, Blaydes (13-2, 1 NC) would require UFC to have enthusiasm for coordinating him against Ngannou, a man who has taken him out twice, for a third time.
Fortunate for Blaydes, he enters this end of the week inside the UFC Apex office on a three-battle win streak and as the wagering most loved to crush the 6-foot-7 Volkov, a 31-year-old local of Russia who has won five of his six appearances in the Octagon.
In any case, it’s difficult to record Blaydes’ consistent development as a UFC warrior without continually referencing Ngannou, the dreaded slugger and No. 1 title contender who remains the main warrior to vanquish him as a star.
“[Ngannou] is simply one more rival. I don’t place a great deal of feelings into these things since when you do that, you don’t act brilliant and consider things keenly,” Blaydes said. “I don’t despise him. He carried out his responsibility, which was to beat me. He carried out his responsibility better than I did on those two evenings. I regard him and he has had an extraordinary vocation. Credit to him. It doesn’t hurt my personality, it doesn’t hurt anything.”
With triumphs over any semblance of Aleksei Oleinik, Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem and previous victor Junior dos Santos since joining UFC in 2016, Blaydes right now possesses one of the division’s best continues.