Final Preventing Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes discovered himself in scorching drinking water a couple of weeks back again for his lengthy rant about female fighters who get preferential treatment method for the reason that of their sexual intercourse enchantment, no matter of regardless of whether or not they can really fight.
Blaydes’ past argument landed was somewhere in between Fedor Emelianenko’s “remain household and elevate young ones” and Georges St-Pierre’s “looking at gals struggle is tricky” and now “Razor” is hoping to make clear these remarks in advance of his Octagon return.
“I appreciate observing the leading women get in there and set on significant displays of combating,” Blaydes told MMA Battling. “We just noticed UFC 248, Joanna [Jedrzejczyk] and [Zhang] Weili, that was a person of the best fights I’ve ever noticed irrespective of gender. That was one of the ideal performances I have observed ever. The again and forth, the high IQ approaches, the counters, the movement, I like that stuff.”
UFC not too long ago established a women’s pound-for-pound list in its weekly rankings to complement the three divisions already in perform. Featherweight is anticipated to observe, assuming 145-pound champion Amanda Nunes doesn’t retire just after turning out to be a mom.
“But just like there’s dudes in the men’s division I feel never actually do a fantastic career symbolizing MMA, [and] I come to feel they really do not are entitled to a roster location,” Blaydes continued. “I’m not dropping names, but there are dudes who do not have earned it and there are ladies who really don’t. It is equal possibility… Your record must be indicative of a [world-class] fighter. Staying in the UFC with a 6-5 history or 5-4, it doesn’t glimpse like you belong in the UFC.”
The advertising confronted some backlash from supporters immediately after booking Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Calvillo for the UFC on ESPN 10 key party previous weekend in Las Vegas, however to be fair, Eye is a former title contender who at the time was rated No. 1 in the world.
“After seeing some of these fights, the skill level is not there,” Blaydes ongoing. “They’re using the exact same combo more than and more than and more than, and it’s not helpful. You don’t have a prepare B. You have one particular combo and you have been combating for 8 a long time. You need to have a person extra than combo just after eight yrs in MMA. There are a good deal of girls like that. They have one ability established, just one go and I get them signing with the UFC and I get them getting paid. I assume individuals places would go to other ladies, but they are not as marketable I guess.”
Blaydes (13-2, 1 NC), who turned 29 back again in February, battles fellow heavyweight contender Alexander Volkov in the UFC on ESPN 11 main occasion this Sat. evening (June 20, 2020) inside of UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.