UFC Raleigh has just wrapped up with the company’s #3 ranked heavyweight, Curtis Blaydes, finishing the #4 ranked, Junior dos Santos, with strikes in the second round. JDS was defending the takedowns well, but it was the strikes on the feet that earned Blaydes the standing TKO victory here. This makes three-straight wins for Blaydes, who called for a title shot in his post-fight interview.
Blaydes took the center of the cage and then failed at his first rush for the takedown. JDS was defending the takedown attempts well, and then an accidental low blow brought a halt to the action. The fight resumed and JDS continued to evade the takedown. He wasn’t pumping out a ton of offense, but he wasn’t on his back. It was actually Blaydes who was sneaking in the right hands.
Blaydes kept landing his punches in the second round. JDS was reasonably concerned with the takedowns, and Blaydes capitalized on that by utilizing his strikes. Blaydes landed a brutal right hand off of a jab that wobbled JDS. He pounced right away, landing a set of knees and then a barrage of punishing right hands to secure the standing TKO.