UFC Fight Night Predictions – Curtis Blaydes vs. Chris Daukaus: Fight Card, Start Time, Odds, Live Stream

Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukaus are here to remind everyone that UFC heavyweight supremacy is still in sight. Blaydes vs. Daukaus headlines UFC Fight Night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio this Saturday night.

Blaydes (15-3, 1 NC) has looked set for a breakout run on more than one occasion. Unfortunately, every time Blaydes gains momentum, he crashes face-first into a freight train. Stoppage losses to Francis Ngannou (twice) and Derrick Lewis derailed Blaydes as a true contender and made him something of an afterthought among the heavyweight elite. However, firing Blaydes is a mistake. “Razor” has the sharpest takedown and best grappling in the game and he’s still only a few adjustments away from making a play for the crown.

“We know he’s a very technical forward,” Blaydes said of Dauakus on media day. “He’s got nice, clean boxing. Obviously he’s got jiu-jitsu – he’s a black belt. So you have to be ready for anything – heel hooks, knee bars, whatever kind of craziness you have. he might try to whip That’s the beauty of this division: everyone’s a threat. There’s no heavyweight you should take on like, ‘He’s just a guy.’ He’s a heavyweight. Any 250 pound man punches you in the face, it could be the light out. That’s enough for me to get my full attention.

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Daukaus (12-4) came up short in his first major test against top competition in the UFC. He failed to make it out of the first round against Lewis, a litmus test in the division for those on the verge of winning the title. It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire that Daukaus trades the division’s most prolific puncher for its most suffocating grappler. Daukaus is a complete striker and a serious finishing threat. This is his chance to prove he can keep up with other new heavyweight contenders like Tom Aspinall and Tai Tuivasa.

“I lost and I was there. I wasn’t really depressed but you fell on yourself. You let yourself down. You feel like you let everyone who supported you all these years, you let them all down. You let down your sparring partners. You let down your wife, everyone. It’s really not appreciating that feeling, it’s knowing that feeling, know what it’s like to be there. [you] use that as a driving force to never go back,” Daukaus told reporters during the UFC Fight Night media day. fight. It’s just the mental aspect that separates the good people from the great ones. That’s the main thing people need to focus on.”

A women’s flyweight clash between Joanne Wood and Alexa Grasso serves as the card’s co-main event. Wood and Grasso are moving in opposite directions. Wood enters the contest fresh off two straight losses while Grasso looks to build a three-fight winning streak. The winner will likely sit just outside the UFC top five, and a win for Grasso could set her up for something big.

Here’s the full fight card for UFC Fight Night with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

UFC Fight Night card, odds

Curtis Blayde

Chris Daukas

Heavy weights

Alexa Grasso

Joanne Bois

Women’s Flyweight

Bryan Barberena

Matte brown

Welterweight

Askar Askarov

Kai Kara-France

Men’s Flyweight

Ilir Latifi

Alexei Olenik

Heavy weights

Vyacheslav Borshchev

Marc Diakiese

Lightweight

UFC Fight Night Display Information

Dated: March 26 | Start time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Nationwide Arena — Columbus, Ohio
Flux: ESPN+

Prediction

Curtis Blaydes vs. Chris Daukaus: Blaydes and Daukaus both suffered brain damage to Lewis in the past calendar year. Luckily, neither will have to deal with such otherworldly power on Saturday night. Blaydes hovered just outside of title contention for what feels like an eternity. Meanwhile, Daukaus – unlike Aspinall last weekend at UFC London – failed to seize the opportunity to propel himself into the heavyweight elite. Blaydes pairs the strongest wrestling game at heavyweight with terrifying elbows on the ground and the pound. Daukaus has sharp boxing combinations and an ability to land the finishing blows with all four limbs. Experience should eliminate it. Yes, Blaydes has had more than one knockout, but those losses have come exclusively against Ngannou and Lewis. Blaydes is serious business and has only been taken down by punches that would put The Incredible Hulk to sleep. Blaydes also has a lot more experience over distance. Daukaus’ longest UFC fight lasted just 6:23. Siding with the size, experience and strength of the competition seems like the safe bet. Blaydes TKO3