Colors return to Octagon, USA after epidemic. Because for the first time since March 2009, Columbus is back with a heavyweight event.
UFC on ESPN 33 was held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. In the main event, Curtis Blaydes (15-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) competed against Chris Doukaus (12-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in heavyweight.
Curtis Blaydes and Chris Doukaus are competing in a five-round headline contest. The Blaydes are refreshed under a new UFC contract as they strive for their second consecutive win since eliminating Shamil Abdurakhimov in UFC 266 in September. Daukaus is looking to recover from his first UFC loss to Derrick Lewis in December.
Curtis Blaydes stopped wrestling at odds. Instead, he used his stand-up game to oust Chris Daukaus, then called for a title shot - or a fight with a former champion.
After the first round, the Blaydes (16-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) needed only 17 seconds in the second round to remove Daukaus (12-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) after a large stretch of the right hand. To be kept Follow-up strikes on canvas at the UFC at the ESPN 33 main event at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Blaydes pumped the initial job, and Daukaus fired with his right hand. He later backed up the blades with a second left. The Blades fired a low kick, then another Daukaus punched to the side. Then he landed on the left, which turned Daukaus ' head back. The docks hit a few ticks, then fired back, but the Blaydes caught the center of the cage.
In the middle of the round, they traded briefly, but did not participate in an all-out slug fest. The blades kicked down again, then tested the other leg for good measurement. Daukaus kept the Blaydes one minute with two punches and a kick, but didn't do much damage. With 12 seconds left, the Blaydes caught Daukaus in the eye, but it didn't take long for him to recover before the horn.
Second, the Blaydes did not take long to complete their work. Just as Daukaus was throwing his right hand, the Blaydes drilled him with one of their huge rights. Daukaus immediately hit the canvas, and the Blaydes were on top to end the fight with punches and small elbows.
After the stunning victory, Blaydes said he would like a title shot. But when former heavyweight champion Stip Miocic was told he was in the crowd, he said he might have to go through it to get it - and would welcome the opportunity.
UFC on ESPN 33 results include:
Curtis Blaydes def. Chris Daukaus via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:17
Alexa Grasso def. Joanne Wood via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:57
Bryan Barberena def. Matt Brown via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kai Kara-France def. Askar Askarov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Neil Magny def. Max Griffin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Marc Diakiese def. Viacheslav Borshchev via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sara McMann def. Karol Rosa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chris Gutierrez def. Danaa Batgerel via TKO (spinning back fist, punches) – Round 2, 2:34
Aliaskhab Khizriev def. Denis Tiuliulin via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:58
Manon Fiorot def. Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matheus Nicolau def. David Dvorak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Luis Saldana def. Bruno Souza via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)