Amanda Nunes ill, out of UFC 213 main event

LAS VEGAS — Tonight’s UFC 213 card has lost its main event.

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes was forced to withdraw from her title fight against Valentina Shevchenko Saturday morning, MMA Fighting has learned. It’s unclear at this time why she had to pull out of the fight.

As a result, the Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker interim middleweight title fight will serve as the new UFC 213 main event.

Nunes (14-4) won the bantamweight title last July when she defeated then-champion Miesha Tate. Amazingly, that fight served as the UFC 200 main event after Jon Jones failed a pre-fight drug test and was pulled from the card just days before.

Nunes beat Shevchenko via unanimous decision in March 2016 at UFC 196.

UFC 213, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will now proceed with 11 fights.

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Amanda Nunes-Valentina Shevchenko off, Yoel Romero-Robert Whittaker now UFC 213 main event

UFC 213 has lost its main event on fight day. As if UFC 213 hadn’t suffered enough with the postponement of Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler, as well as the cancellation of the men’s bantamweight title fight between Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, Saturday night’s main event is in serious danger of being scrapped.
Reigning women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is currently hospitalized, according to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The odds of Nunes being able to defend her title tonight against Valentina Shevchenko are currently looking slim.

Amanda Nunes has been feeling ill this week. She’s currently in the hospital. Tonight’s main event is in jeopardy. No official word yet.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 8, 2017

Growing sentiment is it will be hard to pull off, but her team and UFC aren’t confirming anything at this time.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 8, 2017

If the main event is off, UFC 213’s new headliner will be the interim middleweight title bout between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker. Of course, this fight was booked to replace Garbrandt-Dillashaw, and after plans to have Michael Bisping-Georges St-Pierre in the summer also collapsed. It’d also be the third straight year that the UFC’s International Fight Week PPV will have lost its original main event. UFC 200 obviously got double dinged with Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2, as well as the last-minute scrapping of Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2.
Bloody Elbow will update this post with more information as it becomes available, including an official UFC statement.
UPDATE: It’s been confirmed by Dana White that Nunes is off the card. Romero vs. Whittaker is the main event.
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TUF 25 Finale: Drakkar Klose takes back comment about all English fighters being ‘bums’

Klose apologized for calling all English fighters ‘bums’ after his decision win over Marc Diakiese last night. There was a lot of tension between lightweight prospects Drakkar Klose and Marc Diakiese at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale on Friday.
Both men exchanged heated words at the weigh-ins, and Klose taunted the Brit and his fellow countrymen after his upset win at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, calling all English fighters ‘bums’.
Current UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who is the only British champ in the promotion’s history, was ringside for the event and did not look happy.
Klose, who beat Diakiese va split decision, apologized at the TUF 25 Finale post-fight press conference and said he got caught up in the ‘heat of the moment’.
“It was just the heat of the moment,” Klose told the media after the bout, per Ken Hathaway of MMA Junkie. “If you look at my Twitter, me and him have been going back and forth since the fight was announced. After the fight it just got under my skin, and it came to a head, and I just let it go. My roommate right now is Bradley Scott, and he’s an English guy, and he’s fighting August 5. It was just the heat of the moment. I apologize to everyone for saying that.”
Klose, who was antagonized by Diakiese in the weeks leading up to the bout, believed he handled ‘Bonecrusher’s’ trash talk well, all things considered.
“I think (talking is) what he does to get in (his) opponent’s head,” Klose said. “He intimidates them like that. I’m a different breed. I train with Benson Henderson every day. I get beat up by him. This guy, he’s not going to go in there and do that to me.”
Despite winning via split decision, Klose believes he won every round and thought he dominated the fight.
“In my head I thought I won every round,” Klose said. “I don’t think it should have been a split decision. Marc, he has all this hype behind him. I knew that he wasn’t going to be as tough as everyone thought.”
Klose, 29, is currently unranked in the UFC’s lightweight division but is willing to fight ‘anyone’, including No. 1 ranked contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“I just want to fight in Detroit,” Klose said of his next bout. “They can put me against anyone. I’ll fight Khabib (Nurmagomedov), I’ll fight anyone. I don’t care. Just put me in there. I’ll get my hand raised.”
The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, which saw Klose beat Diakiese on the main card, ended on a high note with Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson. Gaethje and Johnson electrified the T-Mobile Arena with their back-and-forth brawl, with Gaethje eventually finishing ‘The Menace’ with a crushing knee in the second round.

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‘Older and wiser’ Jesse Taylor: TUF 25 was about ‘redemption,’ not the $290,000 pay check

LAS VEGAS — Jesse Taylor first heard about the UFC’s idea of doing a “redemption” season of The Ultimate Fighter from longtime training partner Tom Gallicchio.

In Taylor’s mind, that kind of thing was made for him.

“Man,” Taylor said he told Gallicchio, “that’s about me.”

Taylor was infamously ousted from his spot in The Ultimate Fighter 7 finals back in 2008 after an alcohol-fueled night in Las Vegas. Taylor broke a limousine window and harassed women in a casino. He got another shot in the UFC after that at the time and lost. Taylor was then released.

The incident made Taylor the poster boy for foolish antics on the UFC’s flagship reality series as well as the blueprint on how extremely talented athletes can made self-sabotaging decisions.

On Friday night, that whole storyline was turned on its ear. Taylor defeated Dhiego Lima by second-round submission with a rear-naked choke to win The Ultimate Fighter 25, the season entitled “Redemption.” Nine years later, “JT Money” made good, winning $290,000 and the TUF trophy he might have had back then if he didn’t majorly screw up.

“Maybe they’ll make a movie about it one day,” Taylor said at the post-fight press conference. “I saw this thing, it’s not about the money. Don’t get me wrong, it’s gonna change my life and my kids’ life. But it wasn’t really about the money. It was about the story — about redemption. That’s what it was about. I wanted to show my kids, to be a good role model, ‘Hey you mess up in life, you fix it and you keep going.’ A lot of people mess up in life. I think I can relate with people in that sense. I’m a pretty regular guy, nothing too special about me. I just keep going. I think anyone can do it. Just gotta have a strong mind and keep going.”

Taylor, 34, was the very definition of a journeyman after his one UFC fight, a loss to CB Dollaway in 2008. He fought more than 40 times in many different countries, including Panama, Argentina, Russia and Bahrain. The California native found a good deal of success, but that call from the UFC never came.

“I would go on seven-, eight-fight win streaks, beating guys that ended up getting the call from the UFC,” Taylor said. “I’m like, what about old JT here? No call?”

Taylor hit some rough patches over the years, even struggling with homelessness over a few weeks span some years ago. But he never quit and that’s what he wanted to convey so much during the TUF season and this week.

“I think everything happens for a reason,” Taylor said. “It was pretty foolish what I did, but I don’t regret a thing. It made the story of ‘JT Money.’ I messed up, but at the same time it made me pretty hungry to get back. And it kind of fueled that fire. Not a day goes by I don’t think about that. Who knows, if I won back then I might have been in and out and done with the UFC.”

The old “JT Money” might have burned through that six-figure pay day this weekend on The Strip. But Taylor said Friday night that he wants to put $50,000 toward a college fund for his two kids. A good portion of the rest of the money, he said, will go to his girlfriend, so she can help him make “sound investments.”

“I don’t want to burn through this money,” Taylor said. “I’m a little bit older and wiser now.”

Taylor is definitely not the 20-something who sent his career on the downturn nine years ago. But his MMA game is every bit as strong as it has always been. He showed that on the season and against Lima. Taylor still trains with longtime mentor Dan Henderson in California and also did some work with Matt Brown, his former TUF 7 castmate. Brown was in his corner Friday night.

All of this has Taylor thinking of less modest aspirations for the future.

“I think there’s a lot of sharks at 170, but I also think it’s kind of lacking some star power,” Taylor said. “And then I come out of nowhere to take it all. I want to make a run for this. Maybe a fight or two, but I want to get into contender status. I want to go get that belt.”

Can Taylor, now an 11-year veteran of MMA, make a play for the UFC welterweight title? It seemed like a long shot just a few months ago. But then again, so did the idea of Taylor coming back on The Ultimate Fighter and winning the whole thing.

“This chapter is closed,” Taylor said. “I want to make a run for it. I want to see how far I can take this ride.”

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Michael Bisping ‘couldn’t care less’ about the interim middleweight title fight at UFC 213

With UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping still hoping to meet Georges St-Pierre before the end of the year, Yoel Romero will meet Robert Whittaker at UFC 213 on Saturday night for UFC’s interim middleweight strap.

According to the champion, he “couldn’t care less” about the interim title clash because everybody knows that that Romero and Whittaker are not competing for “a real title”.

“I couldn’t care less about it,” Bisping told Ariel Helwani on this week’s edition of The MMA Hour.

“This isn’t a real title fight. I said the same on Instagram last night; the belt is not up for grabs. And it’s not up for grabs, even the UFC know that.

“Robert and Yoel must know that. Do you know how they know that? (They know it) because they’re the co-main event to Valentina f**king Shevchenko.

“If the real 185-pound belt was on the line it would be the main event. That is a fact. But it’s not. The interim belt isn’t worth the leather that it’s printed on.”

Despite the Brit’s legacy being forged through his willingness to take on all challenges, ever since he won the title, Bisping has been receiving more criticism than ever.

His one title defense came against a retiring Dan Henderson at UFC 204 after dethroning Luke Rockhold with a first round knockout at UFC 199. Various scheduling issues have left his proposed bout with St-Pierre up in the air and subsequently, Bisping has been left on the sidelines.

Bisping admits that he is under a lot of scrutiny as of late, but he is adamant that he is ready to take on any of the top contenders at 185 pounds.

“I’ve got thick skin. The amount of abuse I get on Instagram is off the charts. I couldn’t care less whether it’s GSP, Yoel Romero or Robert Whittaker next. I could do with the payday. Money is always nice.

“I’ve accepted fights on short notice. I have more UFC fights than anyone. I accepted a fight from the UFC getting on the scales for an actual fight, and I agreed to future fights six weeks later.

“I don’t give a s**t. I fight all the time. The people who think I’m scared or that it bothers me, or that I’m trying to hold onto my title so I can be champion for a little while longer—that’s absolutely hilarious.

He also maintained that he has no concerns about some fans declaring that Romero and Whittaker are meeting for “the real middleweight title”.

He said: “It doesn’t bother me. The UFC have to sell pay-per-views to hype this up so it will be a big event, so they stuck an interim title fight on there. It’s just business.

“Does it detract from my belt? Not one little bit. It doesn’t detract from my confidence. I knocked out Luke Rockhold, the former champion, inside one round.

“Whatever happens, nothing can take away from that. I defended (the title) two months later against Dan Henderson, and now here we are. It’s all good.”

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TUF 25 Finale: Justin Gaethje calls out Tony Ferguson, Ferguson calls him a ‘b-tch’

Tony Ferguson is game to fight Justin Gaethje for the UFC interim lightweight title, but thinks the former WSOF champ hits like a ‘b-tch’. Justin Gaethje made one of the most impressive UFC debuts in recent memory last night, crumpling top-five lightweight talent Michael Johnson in the second round at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.
Gaethje, the former WSOF lightweight champion, traded back-and-forth with Johnson at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada before buckling and finishing his opponent with a devastating knee.
After the bout, the 28-year-old brawler called out Tony Ferguson on the FS1 post-fight show, making a promise to ‘take out’ the best fighters in the world.
“I want Ferguson, that’s who I want,” Gaethje said. “I want to take out the best in America, then I want to take out the best in the world.”
Ferguson, who is officially ranked at No. 2 in the official UFC lightweight rankings, responded on social media, calling Gaethje a ‘b-tch’. Despite dismissing Gaethje’s talent, ‘El Cucuy’ said he’s willing to fight ‘The Highlight’ for the interim title.

@Justin_Gaethje You Hit Like A Bitch- You’re Not On My Level, But If Its For The Belt.I’d Be Glad To Beat That Ass For The Interm @Danawhite— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) July 8, 2017

Ferguson, 33, was expected to fight the top-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov for the interim belt at UFC 209, but ‘The Eagle’ pulled out of the fight at the last minute due to a failed weight cut. Ferguson last fought at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale, battering former champ Rafael dos Anjos in the main event.
With no word on Nurmagomedov’s return and current champ Conor McGregor gearing up to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a 12-round boxing match on Aug 26, an interim title fight between Ferguson and Gaethje is probably what’s best for business.

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‘Showtime’ rebuilt: Anthony Pettis finds unexpected new passion in the weight room

LAS VEGAS — The last time Anthony Pettis thrust himself into the middle of a UFC fight week, it wasn’t a pleasant experience.

Back in December, Pettis forfeited his opportunity to fight for the UFC interim featherweight title when a nightmarish weight cut went horribly awry. Then, once UFC 206 rolled around, things grew even worse as Pettis suffered his fourth loss over his last five fights, a grisly third-round TKO setback against the now-undisputed UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway.

Seven months after that fateful week, the former lightweight king can only shake his head when he thinks back to his ill-fated featherweight experiment. Instead of the husk of a man who struggled to get through his day-to-day in Toronto, Pettis showed up to UFC 213 looking “Showtime” reborn, the same fighter who once seemed to be on the verge of stardom, one full of energy and excitement ahead of his reentry into the lightweight ranks against Jim Miller on July 8.

“It’s been amazing, honestly,” Pettis told MMA Fighting at UFC 213 media day. “Not eating for six months, seven months, I felt like I was weight cutting for my whole life. It was horrible. I’d kind of gotten used to it, you get down to lower weights and you’re taking the smaller meals, a lot more cardio, but it’s not fun. That’s not a fun thing for me. I like to come show up like this, happy, talk freely to you guys and get ready to fight.

“I did my little water cut. I’m eating amazing meals still. I had a great lunch before I came here, and I get to just do a hard workout tonight, get the water off, weigh-in and go do business.”

Pettis said the process of rebuilding his body began as soon as UFC 206 ended. By that time, his decision to return to lightweight had already been made. So he took a couple of weeks off, spent some time with his family, enjoyed a few hearty meals, then threw himself back into the gym with a newfound, singular focus: making fighting fun again.

Through that goal, Pettis discovered a love for weight training that he had never truly explored. Soon, the pounds flew back onto the 30-year-old former titleholder.

“(I feel) stronger than I was before I was a champion,” Pettis said. “My body feels way stronger than it was when I was a champion. I have a lot more explosive muscle, because I lifted. I’d never lifted before. I did strength and conditioning, but it was like sport specific, a sprint here or there. This time, I went and lifted. I had a five-day lifting routine, and I never did that before.

“It was a fun time. It was like a different kind of training, different goals to set. I was maxing out bench press at like 305. I never — I think could bench like 185 pounds or something, I never really tried, so it has been good.”

Pettis says he worked through that routine for the better part of the past six months, gradually rebuilding the frame that once dominated the WEC and UFC lightweight divisions. Now he feels like himself again, and the experience has been a revelation.

“I never needed [weight training],” Pettis said. “I mean, I was killing these guys without weight lifting and I was like, you know, ‘I’m faster and I’m quicker and I don’t need this strength.’ And I feel like now they’re trying to neutralize that speed by pushing me into the cage, and I’ve got to have an answer for that.”

The other primary focus of Pettis’ throughout 2017 has been to rediscover his roots. Once he decided he was ready to return to the gym, Pettis says he stuck himself into kickboxing class after kickboxing class, “kickboxing only, and I just had fun kickboxing.” The decision helped to relight the fire that brought Pettis so much success throughout his martial arts career.

“I still have my wrestling coach, but I focused so much on the wrestling after RDA, my striking started lacking,” Pettis said. “I’m like, I’m Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis, the striker that you don’t know what’s going to happen. And these guys, they come out expecting that — and then when they don’t feel that, then that pressure comes (from them). If I can come out quick and put them strikes on them, them shots are going to be a lot less likely to happen.”

Pettis says with confidence that he expects the hard work to pay off. In Miller, he meets an opponent he specifically asked to fight for his lightweight return, one as respected and tenured as any lightweight the UFC has on its roster. It’s a tall task, but Pettis says that’s exactly the type of challenge he wanted.

“He’s a tough dude, man,” Pettis said. “I mean, I wasn’t going to fight nobody outside the top-10 or top-15 like they were trying to give me. I’m like, nah, that’s not who I am, bro. I’m not going to go fight a new guy or (a rebound fight). No, f*ck that. I want to fight the best in the world. I want a guy that’s going to get me right back on track or fighting the top-five in the world, and Jim Miller’s that dude.”

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UFC 213: Tommy Toehold’s picks & predictions

Bloody Elbow content partner and cartoon savant Tommy Toehold breaks down tonight’s UFC 213 card. Tonight in Las Vegas, UFC 213 will kick off their marquee event for International Fight Week, and while the Cerrone-Lawler fight has been moved to UFC 214, the card still has plenty of exciting match-ups for fans of sanctioned violence. Yesterday’s TUF 25 Finale main event set the tone for the weekend, so tonight’s headliner between Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes has some pretty large shoes to fill excitement-wise.
The supporting card features a few other compelling fights like the one between Jordan Mein and Belal Muhammad, the lightweight veteran clash between Jim Miller and Anthony Pettis and the co-main event of the evening—a bout that cannot possibly be anything but electrifying—Yoel Romero vs. Bobby Knuckles. You might be asking yourself, ‘What about Overeem-Werdum III,’ but if you’re like me, you’re extra cautious about getting invested in this contest, especially in light of how their last one went. I know, I know, a lot has changed in six years for both guys, but I refuse to let myself fall into that trap again.
With big events like tonight’s, Bloody Elbow content partner and cartoon badass Tommy Toehold often drops by with some video analysis, and this time around, we’re being treated to a more in depth version with his UFC 213 Close-Up. It’s four-and-a-half minutes of the best cartoon breakdown you will ever see, or my name isn’t Orville Redenbacher.
Here’s a little snippet to get you started:
“Whittaker is 14 years younger than Romero, and he is deceptively fast; he might be the fastest striker in that division. And he has the confidence to start a fight quickly and finish a fight quickly now. I think he’ll be the most dangerous in the first two rounds and I think he’s going to overwhelm Romero early with speed and power. Whittaker puts this one away early with a big KO/TKO stop in the first round.”

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Curtis Blaydes: Texas commission holding on to ‘archaic’ marijuana rules ‘for dear life’

LAS VEGAS — Curtis Blaydes should be 2-1 in the UFC, at least according to USADA guidelines.

In a division badly lacking new blood, the 26-year-old heavyweight established himself as a prospect to watch earlier this year when he scored two brutal victories over Cody East and Adam Milstead over a four-month span. The victory over Milstead, in particular, was vicious — Blaydes, a former collegiate wrestler, rag-dolled Milstead around the canvas at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston before badly injuring Milstead’s right leg to earn a second-round TKO.

But less than two months later, that performance vanished into thin air.

Due to drug testing standards deemed outdated by nearly every major state commission except Texas, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) ruled that Blaydes, along with Niko Price and Abel Trujillo, tested positive for marijuana in-competition at the event. The TDLR fined the trio $1,000 each and overturned the wins of both Blaydes and Price into no contests, despite the fact that all three fighters did not actually violate any rules or regulations of USADA’s, the UFC’s official anti-doping partner.

“I was shocked,” Blaydes told MMA Fighting on Thursday at UFC 213 media day.

“I made a mistake, but in my eyes, I feel like USADA is the only commission I should have to honor, and that’s the one I did honor. I didn’t fail their test. I feel like that’s the only thing that should count, but it is what it is. I did fail the Texas commission test, so I will take whatever the punishment is, even though I don’t agree with the punishment. But that’s what it is, they’re going to take away the win. I still know I won the fight. There’s video. Everyone else knows I won the fight. It’s not controversial, like the Kevin Lee and Chiesa fight. It’s nothing like that, so I’m over it.”

The situation was the latest example of the varying rules that fighters must navigate depending on what state or jurisdiction they compete within.

USADA punishes fighters only for marijuana if their drug test comes back higher than 150 ng/ml of the substance’s metabolites. That rule is lifted straight from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, a set of global guidelines used by nearly every major drug testing entity, including the International Olympic Committee. In 2013, the Nevada Athletic Commission raised its marijuana thresholds from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL to match WADA code. A majority of states have since followed suit, and earlier this year, Nevada discussed removing marijuana from its banned substance list altogether.

The rules in Texas, however, are much murkier — and the thresholds are much, much lower, leading to positive in-competition marijuana tests that would be nothing in most other major jurisdictions.

“I think it’s a bunch of old, mean guys at the top,” Blaydes said.” “Like with baseball, how they don’t want to get rid of a lot of their traditions, like the designated hitter and all of that stuff, I feel like it’s like that. They’re just holding on to it for dear life, but eventually you have to get with the movement, so they will.

“It’s an old rule. It’s archaic. It’s just not very smart. I live in Denver, so things are different in Denver, and things are different here now (in Las Vegas). I just found out that they legalized marijuana here, I didn’t even know that. I just found out, so everyone else, it feels like they’re more forward thinking, they’re changing and evolving their rules, and I feel like Texas isn’t. They’re probably the last ones to get with it. They’ll get with it eventually, so it’s not a big deal to me. It won’t happen again, I promise you that.”

Because the ruling came from the TDLR itself, and not USADA, Blaydes said he found out about his situation at the same time the rest of the world did, through social media, which only further frustrated the heavyweight prospect.

Considering the recent controversy over the TLDR’s bungling of UFC strawweight Cortney Casey’s case, and the two different versions of the Unified Rules of MMA that now exist between states, commission issues seem to be popping up with increasing regularity in 2017. And Blaydes isn’t alone in thinking things would be a lot less confusing if there were simply one uniform set of standards held throughout the country, rather than shifting rules that change depending on where you fight.

“Yeah, right?” Blaydes said. “But those are the rules. Every state is different. So it’s up to me to take the time and do my due diligence and research, like, what are the rules here? What are the rules here? That’s up to me. I didn’t do that last time, I got bit in the butt for it. So that’s a painful reminder, but it is a reminder and it won’t happen again.”

Luckily for Blaydes, the UFC doesn’t seem to be worrying about what the TLDR thinks.

Once Blaydes’ 90-day suspension expired, the promotion instantly booked the young prospect in a match-up against top-15 ranked heavyweight Daniel Omielanczuk that landed on UFC 213’s pay-per-view main card, almost as if the Milstead win counted after all.

“That’s how it feels and I’m happy,” Blaydes said. “I’m happy they didn’t hold it against me and in a negative light, because I feel like I’m not a bad person. If you ask anybody, I’m not a drug addict, I’m not anything. I go to practice every day, three times a day. I’m pretty healthy. So I’m happy they gave me another opportunity to perform under the biggest lights yet.”

The fight is a big one for Blaydes, whose lone career loss came at the hands of blue-chip prospect-turned-contender Francis Ngannou in his UFC debut. And considering his youth compared to the rest of his heavyweight division-mates, Blaydes knows there is opportunity aplenty in the lands of the giants.

“In five years, I’m going to be real good,” Blaydes said. “And who’s going to be around in five years? Probably not a lot of these guys. That’s just what it is. No one defeats Father Time, he always wins. Werdum, he’s 39. Hunt, Barnett, Arlovski. Even Cain, he’s not old, but he has an older body. I feel like he’s been in a lot of wars. He is a warrior and he’s been through a lot of wars, so he’s up there also like a lot of these guys.

“Five years from now, when I’m hitting my physical prime — I call it grown man strength — when I get my grown man strength, a lot of these guys are going to be retired and who’s going to be around? I don’t know, but I will be. I feel like when I’m at my peak, I should be at the top.”

As for the TLDR, given what happened to Casey and his own case, Blaydes admitted that Texas will likely be a destination he avoids in the future unless an opportunity is too good to pass up.

“It depends,” Blaydes said. “If it was like this, main card of UFC 213, yeah, I’m not going to say no to that. But if it was like a Fight Night or something, probably not.”

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