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After being defeated in the possible title eliminator fight against the powerful Francis Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes (11-2-0-1) came back strong, putting a phenomenal performance against Justin Willis. A decorated wrestler will try to reiterate this against the talented Russian Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-4-0) and finally get in the mixture for the Heavyweight gold. On the other hand, Abdurakhimov is riding on the three-fight winning streak, and a win over a top-ranked opponent will lunch him through the rankings.
Check out the live play-by-play action below:
Rd 1 – Both fighters are patient and looking for their range. Blaydes dives for a single leg and gets the takedown against the cage. He partially takes his back and lands a couple of punches. Abdurakhimov manages to stand but Blaydes forces him back to the mat. He is putting strong pressure on Abdurakhimov. However, the Russian is back on his feet and he separates from Blaydes. Blaydes moves in but eats a sneaky uppercut. He shoots for another takedown and gets it! Incredible wrestling by Blaydes! This time, Blaydes establishes strong top control. This is exhausting for Abdurakhimov. Abdurakhimov is controlling the wrists; He finally stands but gets right back to the mat. A couple of hard right hands land for Blaydes. He gets the full mount and starts dropping hard shots! Big elbows are landing!
Rd 2 – Blaydes takes the center and immediately lands a couple of punches. He follows with the double leg takedown and gets the top position. He steps into the side control. Abdurakhimov is already looking desperate on the bottom. Blaydes is back into the half guard and starts landing short punches. Abdurakhimov rolls and gives his back. Blaydes is demolishing Abdurakhimov! He is landing big shots! Abdurakhimov rolls and Blaydes is back into the half guard and starts exploding with hard shots! The referee stops the fight!!!