Certain, he admits “The Black Beast” has the ability to finish just about any combat with a solitary punch, but Blaydes thinks most heavyweights do – and he thinks Lewis’ reliance on his electricity makes him an effortless puzzle to resolve.
“We’re heavyweights electric power is a prerequisite,” Blaydes advised MMA Junkie. “I’m not extremely amazed with it. Do I realize he’s obtained it? Of course. But do I understand that he’s just on the lookout to knock my head off? Sure. That is what helps make him predictable.
“He does not use his jab. He doesn’t established up combos. He doesn’t move his ft. When he throws his rear overhand, he delivers up his rear leg, and he finishes up in a sq. stance, which is the worst thing to do against a person like me, so there is just so many holes in his putting.”
Of training course, yet another side of Lewis’ video game that usually garners his awareness is his curious potential to merely stand up when taken down by grappling-minded opponents. It’s not constantly the prettiest of techniques, but Lewis has shown a genuine penchant for merely powering his way back to his feet.
Blaydes (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) believes he’s the greatest grappler Lewis (24-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) has confronted so considerably, and that the feared slugger won’t be capable to implement that approach in opposition to him.
“People are not carrying out their research on who are the people today getting him down, who are the people that he’s standing up in opposition to,” Blaydes stated. “The point is, he’s getting taken down by everyone. Blagoy Ivanov took him down. Ilir Latifi took him down. Alexander Volkov took him down. Marcin Tybura took him down. Everyone took him down, but these guys aren’t even great grapplers.
“When a superior grappler takes you down, you don’t just get up. You have to have approach to get up, and that is the point: The UFC has guarded him. He hasn’t gotten a fantastic grappler. Now he’s obtaining a person. He’s not just heading to stand up. That is disrespectful to all the decades of wrestling I’ve set into my have video game. I have labored also challenging at this. The muscle memory is also locked in. Which is not how it works.”
Oddsmakers look to agree with Blaydes’ assessment and now have him put in as a rather sizable -370 beloved. With Blaydes at this time ranked No. 3 in the most up-to-date Usa Nowadays Sports/MMA Junkie heavyweight rankings, and Lewis just guiding at No. 4, a title shot could probably hold in the harmony, and an spectacular effectiveness could go a extended way toward securing that option.
Blaydes believes the stop outcome all boils down to how considerably heart Lewis is eager to display.
“You’re often hoping to get a end, but it relies upon on him, how hard he is,” Blaydes reported. “It’s a grind. I’m going to press him, get him up versus the cage, get him on the floor. Choose him down, ground and pound him, and if he makes it out of the spherical, rinse and repeat. If he will make it out of that round, rinse and repeat. If he tends to make it out of that spherical, rinse and repeat.
“Is he inclined to go to the dim areas? I’ve been to the dark locations. My previous battle against Volkov, I went to the dim position, and now I know how to operate in just that place. I really don’t assume he’s at any time been delighted going to that spot.”
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