Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes is on a tear right now, taking down some of the division’s most feared strikers in Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt.
The 27 year-old Illinois native is riding a four-fight winning streak, with his only professional loss coming to the heavy hitting Francis Ngannou back in April 2016.
His recent TKO finish last month against Overeem at UFC 225 put the heavyweight division on notice but despite the win, he feels the UFC don’t want him to be the champion as they awarded the title shot against Daniel Cormier to former heavyweight champion and current World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Brock Lesnar, who hasn’t fought inside the Octagon since July 2016.
“Razor” says he’s not a fan of the fight because it caters to “lame ass casual fans.”
Blaydes made a recent appearance on MMA Junkie Radio and explained his frustration with the politics within the UFC.
“I’m willing to wait, because I have this feeling that the UFC – they don’t really want me to have the belt. Because I don’t have the most exciting – my style isn’t the most fan-friendly. So I feel they would take every opportunity to not give me a title shot because they know my wrestling is the x-factor. If I have to, I will just take a guy down and ground and pound him for three rounds. Which, they’re right, is not the most exciting version of fighting. But it is the most effective, especially going against the heavyweights I have to go against. So me taking another opponent and me winning, I don’t think they would even care about that. I feel like even if I called out Stipe (Miocic) and I won, they would probably give it to Cain Velasquez or, who knows, maybe even Jon Jones or maybe Junior dos Santos. There’s so many other guys that I know the UFC would rather have as champion of the heavyweights.”