Curtis Blaydes competed in one of two heavyweight fights at UFC Fight Night 104, in his heavyweight fight, Blaydes defeated Adam Milstead by TKO after Milstead suffered a knee injury.
While Blaydes was happy to get his second win in the UFC, he’s not happy with the method in which he got it.
“It takes me back to when I was a wrestler in high school,” Blaydes explained to MMA Junkie. “I won a match like that. The guy messed up his knee, and I felt bad because that could be me. I don’t want to lose like that either. I don’t want to lose because of an injury. That’s how I lost my first (UFC) fight, because my eye was swollen. That’s not how you want to lose a fight, because of an injury, so I feel for him.”
Blaydes' only defeat in the UFC came to undefeated heavyweight Francis Ngannou in his UFC debut, he has won two straight fights since.
The biggest change Blaydes has made to his professional MMA career is the way he trains, which started with a move to Colorado.
“Training at elevation, like I said my last fight, it really pays off,” Blaydes said. “When I got down here at like 88 feet above sea level, I could have done that for five rounds – and that was the plan: just take him down and hold him down. Really, I just want to think my coaches at Team Elevation. Without them and the guys down at MusclePharm, this wouldn’t happen like this. I wouldn’t have the cardio, and I wouldn’t have the help to get this ‘W’ the way I did, so I just want to thank them and all the guys down at Muscle Pharm.”
Blaydes signed with the UFC in 2016, prior to that signing, his biggest win came over Bellator MMA veteran Lorenzo Hood at Xtreme Fighting Organization 51.