Khabib Nurmagomedov Believes Curtis Blaydes is a Future Champion

Last Saturday night on the preliminary card at
UFC 225
, surging
Ultimate Fighting Championship
heavyweight Curtis
Blaydes
took on the veteran Alistair
Overeem
in a much anticipated heavyweight bout. Blaydes was
coming off an impressive win over Mark Hunt back
in February and many expected Overeem to provide Blaydes with his
toughest challenge to date.

Blaydes took Overeem down in the third round and unleashed some
brutal elbows, which resulted in Overeem’s forehead being opened up
with blood gushing out before the referee intervened. The win
cemented Blaydes as one of the top heavyweights in the division and
put him in a good position for title contention.

The 27-year-old Blaydes will be a keen spectator of the upcoming
UFC
226
pay-per-view event between current title holder Stipe
Miocic
and the challenger, current light heavyweight champion
Daniel
Cormier
.

Cormier’s teammate and newly-crowned lightweight champion Khabib
Nurmagomedov
is a fan of Blaydes and believes the young
heavyweight has the potential to hold the belt and that only “DC”
has the tools to stop him.

“I think Blaydes can become UFC champion,” Khabib told documentary
producer Will Harris of Anatomy of a Fighter. “He has very good
wrestling, he’s young, he’s strong, he’s hungry, he has different
motivation. I think he’s the new blood in the UFC’s heavyweight
division.”

“I think only one guy can beat him. I think Daniel Cormier; he can
beat him,” he said. “Other guys, even Stipe Miocic, I think for
Stipe, he’s a bad matchup, because he pressures all the time, (he
has) very good wrestling.”

“But, we’ll see. He’s the new blood,” Khabib said of Blaydes. “We
have to wait (until after) July 7 (UFC 226). I think he deserves a
title shot, more than everybody.”

UFC 226 is set to take place on Saturday, July 6, 2018, at the
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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