Junior Dos Santos Hates Curtis Blaydes’ ‘Boring’ Game

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Source: MMAtion

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is excited by the challenge of facing Curtis Blaydes — even if he isn’t a fan of his opponent’s style.

Dos Santos and Blaydes are set to collide in the main event of UFC Raleigh this weekend. For the Brazilian, it’s a chance at returning to the win column after suffering a TKO defeat to Francis Ngannou last summer.

A win would also put “JDS” right back into the title mix given Blaydes’ No. 3 ranking. Another source of motivation is Blaydes’ wrestling game which has helped him defeat just about every opponent other than Ngannou.

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Dos Santos personally believes it’s boring, but it makes him all the more motivated to overcome that challenge:

“When they offered me Curtis Blaydes, I didn’t realize he was third in the rankings,” he said in a recent interview (via UFC). “I didn’t even think that he hasn’t lost to anyone besides Francis Ngannou.

“I know he’s a tough fighter and he has a very boring game, the kind of game that I hate, but it makes the challenge even more exciting for me. It makes me more excited to go out there and knock him out or even submit him. Maybe it’s a good opportunity for me to go there and use my jiu-jitsu.”

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It may surprise some, but Dos Santos is a black belt in jiu-jitsu, so he’s more than capable of threatening Blaydes should he be taken down. However, don’t expect the former champion to proactively look to take the fight to the ground:

“If you want me to go there and take someone down, to use my jiu-jitsu, I will never do that; someone needs to put me down,” he added. “If you allow me to go the way I want, I’ll stay on my feet, banging.

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“I train very hard in all aspects of fighting and the coaches are always on top of us. I don’t think I can’t do that — I can wrestle, I can do jiu-jitsu, I can kick; I can do it all, but I’m a boxing guy and I love to knock people out, so I’ll always be looking for that knockout.”

Do you think “JDS” can overcome the wrestling of Blaydes this weekend?