Blaydes will face the man who handed him his only pro loss.
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10-1 (1 N/C) is a heavyweight fighter who plies his
trade in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
. In his next appearance, Blaydes
UFC Fight Night 141
, opposite Francis
at the Cadillac Arena, in Beijing, China, on Nov.
As we approach the big day, here are five things that you might not
know about the
Elevation Fight Team
member they call “Razor.”
He likes TKO’s.
When Blaydes emerges victorious in the cage, more often than not he
has dispatched his opponent via TKO. Of his 10 wins to date, eight
(80 percent) have been by this method. The remaining two (20
percent) have come via decision. “Razor” commenced his career with
five TKO triumphs on the trot.
He was a talented collegiate wrestler.
Blaydes’ introduction to combat sports came through wrestling. He
started out on the mat while studying in high school at De La Salle
Institute in Chicago. During his senior year at the school, Blaydes
won a state title and went unbeaten, winning 44 matches in
succession. The 121 takedowns he achieved in competition during his
four years remains to this day a school record. His performances on
the mat earned him a scholarship to Northern Illinois University,
where he compiled a 19-2 record as a freshman before transferring
to Harper College. There, as a redshirt sophomore he won a coveted
NJCAA National Championship. Throughout his decorated wrestling
career, Blaydes lent on his strong takedown game; a skillset that
he has used to devasting effect in his MMA career.
He has failed a drugs test.
Blaydes would hold a 6-1 record with the UFC were it not for the
fact that he had his Feb. 2017 TKO of Adam
at UFC Fight Night 104 overturned to a no-contest.
This was due to Blaydes testing positive for marijuana. The United
States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) were lenient. They opted against
punishing Razor because it was a first-time offence and the amount
in his system was under 150 ng/ml, the limit at which sanctions are
imposed. However, the win was struck from his record.
He has only lost once.
Across 12 professional bouts, Blaydes has only been beaten once.
That defeat came in his first UFC appearance, an April 2016 loss to
Ngannou at UFC Fight Night 86. The clash was stopped by the doctor
at the end of the second round due to damage to Blaydes’ right eye.
On Nov. 24, he will have the opportunity to avenge the only defeat
on his record.
He loves video games and reading.
When he is not honing his skills in the gym, Blaydes can more often
than not be found relaxing at home. There, he spends quality time
with his long-term girlfriend, as well as indulging in some of his
favorite hobbies. Razor is an avid gamer who whiles away countless
hours in front of the screen. His love of gaming might go some way
to explaining his displeasure at being omitted from the EA Sports
UFC 3 video game, which was released in Feb of this year. Blaydes
stated of his exclusion in an interview, “That feels like a big
bummer. How am I not in that game?” In addition to gaming, Blaydes
enjoys watching films and reading books. His preferred genres are
sci-fi and fantasy.