Blaydes took on decorated heavyweight, Alistair Overeem, in the final bout of the televised prelims. Overeem threatened with some big strikes early on, but Blaydes’ wrestling game kicked into gear, and he repeatedly took the veteran down.
After scoring another takedown in round three, Blaydes opened up with a flurry of vicious elbow from above, which battered and bloodied Overeem before the bout was stopped.
Here are the results so far for UFC 225.
Curtis Blaydes def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (elbows) R3, 2:56
Claudia Gadelha def. Carla Esparza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mirsad Bektic def. Ricardo Lamas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Chris de la Rocha def. Rashad Coulter via TKO (punches) R2, 3:53
Anthony Smith def. Rashad Evans via KO (knee) R1, 0:53
Sergio Pettis def. Joseph Benavidez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Charles Oliveira def, Clay Guida via submission (guillotine) R1, 2:18
Dan Ige def. Mike Santiago via TKO (punches) R1, 0:50