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Curtis Blaydes calls Jairzinho Rozenstruick an ‘off-brand version of Derrick Lewis’

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  1. KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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    It didn’t take long for Curtis Blaydes to realize what he did wrong that led to his knockout loss to Derrick Lewis back in February that likely cost him a shot at the UFC heavyweight title.

    Taking nothing away from the punch Lewis landed to end the fight, Blaydes immediately recognized the mistake he made when re-watching the footage.

    “That’s what happened. I rushed [the takedown],” Blaydes said when speaking to MMA Fighting. “I didn’t need to rush it but it was a little bit of ego. It’s like I’m beating this guy on the feet, might as well look to put him on the ground now and it wasn’t organic enough. I forced the takedown and paid the price.

    “That’s another thing I learned. I’ve been focusing on before I take a takedown attempt, to really get good reactions out of the other guy. Either make him flinch or make him reset or do something. I can’t just go. That’s what I did against Derrick. I just went and I ended up eating an uppercut.”

    Blaydes isn’t the first fighter to end up on Lewis’ highlight reel after “The Black Beast” landed a devastating punch to the end the fight but the former junior-college wrestling champion understands that while he lost, he didn’t get beaten down by a vastly superior opponent.

    He got caught and that’s a mistake Blaydes knows he can rectify moving forward.

    “I think he knows that’s how he wins the majority of his fights,” Blaydes said about Lewis. “His greatest skill is he’s very durable and he just eats a lot of strikes and he draws you in and he either lands that big punch or you get the finish. That time it went his way but I think if we fought 100 more times, I would beat him 99 or 98 more times.

    “I don’t believe he’s a better fighter than me. I don’t believe he’s a better striker than me. I believe he hits hard, obviously, but we all hit hard at heavyweight. That’s what made it easier. I look back, I watched it, I broke it down with my coaches. We all believe I won that first round handily and if I would have continued with that game plan, I probably would have won.”

    While a rematch with Lewis somewhere down the road might offer a chance at redemption, Blaydes is happy he gets a second opportunity of sorts with his upcoming fight at UFC 266.

    On Saturday night, Bladyes faces a similar opponent in heavy-handed striker Jairzinho Rozenstruik, who has the same kind of ability to put an opponent out with a single shot and he’s just as dangerous in the last minute of the fight as he was in the first.

    “Jairzinho, he’s like an off-brand version of Derrick Lewis,” Blaydes said. “He’s not looking to do a lot of work. He doesn’t mind going backwards. He doesn’t mind putting his heels on the back of the cage and he’s not the best grappler cause Alistair [Overeem] was able to take him down a few times.

    “[Alistair] was able to get him down there and Jairzinho couldn’t work his way up without eating a lot of ground and pound. Alistair’s got good jiu-jitsu but I think my jiu-jitsu has grown and I think I’m at the same skill level as Alistair now on the ground. I believe if he could put him on the ground, I for sure can put him on the ground.”

    If it sounds like Blaydes is somehow discounting the dangers that Rozenstruik represents, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

    In fact, Blaydes knows all too well that if he doesn’t make the necessary adjustments from the loss to Lewis, he could potentially find himself unconscious on the canvas and staring up at the lights at UFC 266.

    “I learn from my losses cause they don’t happen often but when they do, I really take the time to look in the mirror and look at what are some of the things I could have done better to avoid that outcome,” Blaydes explained. “We really came down to one conclusion — before I shoot, I need to make guys move.

    “When I went for that shot on Derrick, he was already set up. He already had his back leg anchored, he had his hand low. The uppercut was just there and I didn’t do a good job of reading that and paid the price. But that won’t happen again. I will read all those things. I will be prepared for the big shots.”

    Blaydes also knows he can strike with anybody in the heavyweight division but he’s never going to shy away from his best weapon and that’s planting an opponent on the ground and beating the hell out of them.

    “On the ground, I think I’m leaps and bounds above him,” Blaydes said about Rozenstruik. “I think I’m leaps and bounds above the majority of the heavyweight division if not everyone.

    “I feel very confident if we get on the ground, it’s going to be over for him.”

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  2. HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    So you are directly comparing him to the guy that knocked you cold?

    what, just gonna get tkoed instead of one shotted taking a super obvious level change?
     
  3. daPROFESSOR Green Belt

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    It’s true. A heavy hitter who wilts easily
     
  4. Post 2 Decision Gold Belt

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    Nearly just as likely to land that kill shot on him though...
     
  5. IDGETKTFO White Belt

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    Not a good look to make jokes about the guy thats going to KO you tonight.
     
  6. Draxton Captain shitpost

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    And Blaydes can be a WalMart brand Cormier.
     
  7. Druken_Vovchanchyn Brown Belt

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    derrick lewis doesnt wilt easily...come on now wtf is this shit lol..hes had a few come from behind knock outs at the last second. he just gets beat by hard hitting HWs lol. Wilting isnt what he does
     
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  8. GORO Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Battle of 2 HW beats… I think rozenstrike will KO bade so fast

    what u think beside Diaz I no care about other fighter
     
  9. Nihongi Red Belt

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    I’m not following his reasoning of saying that his BJJ is at the same level of Overeem’s...
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  10. Ghis2 Yellow Belt

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    yeh it are the big fights :O
    two power guy so it might be boring might epic??!?!
     
  11. alex21cms Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    well rozenstruik landed more and lasted the 5 rounds with Gane so i d say is the other way around
     
  12. Kryptt Dead Belt Platinum Member

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    I think Rozenstruik probably KO’s Lewis tbh.
     
  14. RiotWyatt Black Belt

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    He doesn't even realize why he got KOd.

    It wasn't because he rushed it. He shot a sloppy shot. Bisping called it in the commentating during the fight. How he and Rashad had discussed about Blayde's sloppy entries and how Lewis was going to catch him with an uppercut because of it.

    Then bam.
     
  15. NickDiaz White Belt

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    He meant to say

    He is a Dollar Tree version of Derrick Lewis
     
  16. Carrotman23 Of Rivia

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    this fight will suck until a possible KO . Really biggy just sits back and waits for a counter right hand with some occasional kicks and Blaydes will wrestle fuck him . really its way more likely this fight is boring as shit then exciting
    Also biggy boy is pretty boring in mma but hes got a nice kick boxing record , so i wouldnt call him a nock off derrik lewis . Derrik Lewis is over rated as fuck .
     
  17. Post 2 Decision Gold Belt

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  18. gaffbyknees2 Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    Good to see Curtis learned a little humility. Oh wait.
     
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    That’s the entire hw division for years in the ufc.
     
  20. 3rd Round Romero Yellow Belt

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    This motherfucker really hasn't learned his lesson about talking smack yet?
     

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