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UFC on ESPN+ 24: Blaydes takes on former champion dos Santos

Heavyweights No.3 Curtis Blaydes (11-2-0, 1NC) and No. 4 Junior dos Santos (21-5-0) will collide at Raleigh’s UFC on ESPN+ 24 event later this month.

It’s a tremendous opportunity for both fighters to make a case for the next title shot.

Blaydes, 28, was undefeated in 2019, collecting a TKO finish over Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC 242 in September 2019 and a decision over Justin Willis at UFC on ESPN+ 6 in March 2019.

Meanwhile, dos Santos, 35, is an 11-year octagon veteran and former champion known for his boxing. He lost a tough bout to Francis Ngannou at UFC on ESPN 3 in June 2019, which snapped a three fight winning streak. “Cigano” has proven to be a tough out for anyone in the division.


UFC on ESPN+ 24 is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2020 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Current bouts include:

Curtis Blaydes (12-2-0) vs. Junior Dos Santos (21-5-0)

Cory Sandhagen (12-1-0) vs. Frankie Edgar (23-7-1)

Brianna Van Buren (9-2-0) vs. Hannah Cifers (10-3-0)

Jordan Espinosa (14-6-0, 1NC) vs. Alex Perez (22-5-0)

Josh Emmett (14-2-0) vs. Arnold Allen (14-1-0)

Nate Landwehr (13-2-0) vs. Herbert Burns (9-2-0)

Rafael dos Anjos (30-12-0) vs. Michael Chiesa (16-5-0)

Montel Jackson (8-1-0) vs. Felipe Colares (9-1-0)

Jamahal Hill (3-0-0) vs. Darko Stosic (13-3-0)

Bevon Lewis (6-2-0) vs. Alen Amedovski (8-2-0)

Brett Johns (15-2-0) vs. Tony Gravely (19-5-0)

Justine Kish (6-2-0) vs. Lucie Pudilova (8-5-0)

Sara McMann (11-5-0) vs. Lina Lansberg (10-4-0)


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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