So, as it turns out, Curtis Blaydes’ scrap on Saturday with Mark Hunt was the second last bout on his current UFC contract, and the heavyweight’s reporting he wants a decent offer from the promotion, or he’ll test free agency.
Prior to Blaydes’ unanimous decision win over Hunt at UFC 221, the powerful wrestler informed MMA Junkie that he only has one more fight on his current deal, after that fight. In addition, the 26 year-old had this to say, about his contractual situation:
“If the UFC allows me to get to that fourth fight without a decent offer … I’ll listen to Bellator,” Blaydes said.
“They’ve been offering guys fat, fat contracts, and those heavyweights aren’t nearly as good as the ones in the UFC. So the enticement is there – lesser competition for more money.”
So, it will be really interesting to see what unfolds here. There’s no question that Blaydes is a contender on the rise. But, due to his wrestling centric style, will the UFC make the kind of offer he’s looking for?
With the win over Hunt, Blaydes’ pro record stands at 9-1, with 1 no-contest. His only loss to date was to fellow contender Francis Ngannou, and that was via doctor stoppage.