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UFC on ESPN 33: Curtis Blaydes flashes hands to stop Chris Daukaus

Curtis Blaydes kept his title shot hopes alive Saturday night with an impressive stoppage of Chris Daukaus at UFC on ESPN 33 in Columbus.

Blaydes (16-3-0, 1NC), who is known for his grappling, used the first round to gather information and then used it to fire a right hand that floored Daukaus (12-5-0) during an exchange to stop the bout 17 seconds into the second round.

The win gave Baydes his second consecutive win and his sixth in his last seven contests. He  most likely keeps his No. 4 ranking and his spot in the interim title shot conversation.

In the post-fight interview, Blaydes said he would like to fight whoever gives the the fastest route to the title shot, but that Miocic, a guy who he trained with back in 2012 would be special because of the history and that he is the GOAT of the division.

Interestingly, Blades also recommended that Daukaus drop down to light heavyweight.

Bryan Barberena and Matt Brown earned Fight of the Night while Blaydes and Chris Guttieriez earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD 

MARC DIAKIESE VS. VIACHESLAV BORSCHCHEV

WINNER: MARC DIAKIESE VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VIACHESLAV BORSCHCHEV VIA TKO

Andrews: Give Marc credit. He went in there and took care of business.

NEIL MAGNY VS. MAX GRIFFIN 

WINNER: NEIL MAGNY VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Andrews: This fight replaced the Latifi vs. Oleneik fight. Split-decisions don’t do much for either fighter. They re pretty much in the same boat.

ASAKAR ASKAROV VS. KAI-KARA FRANCE

WINNER: KAI KARA-FRANCE VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ASKAR ASKAROV VIA UD

Andrews: What happened Askar? You were the better fighter on paper.

MATT BROWN VS. BRYAN BARBERENA

WINNER: BRYAN BARBERENA VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRYAN BARBERENA VIA TKO

Andrews: Matt Brown still has some fight in him, wow.

#7 JOANNE WOOD VS. #9 ALEXA GRASSO

WINNER: ALEXA GRASSO VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:57

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXA GRASSO VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Grasso shows the ground work and a submission. Well done.

MAIN EVENT 

#4 CURTIS BLAYDES VS. #9 CHRIS DAUKAUS

WINNER: CURTIS BLAYDES VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 0:17

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CURTIS BLAYDES VIA TKO 

Andrews: I thought Blaydes would try to send  a message with his striking and he did. Good win.

The next UFC event is UFC 273, which is scheduled for April 9 at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defends against Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung in the main event.

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

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