A heavyweight tilt between UFC prospect Curtis Blaydes and top-15 ranked Daniel Omielanczuk is slated to take place July 8 at UFC 213. Blaydes announced on the match-up Wednesday on Instagram following a report by Dutch outlet MMADNA.
Blaydes (6-1, 1 NC), a 26-year-old heavyweight prospect out of Illinois, returns to action after seeing his February win over Adam Milstead wiped away by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) due to a positive test for marijuana at UFC Fight Night 104. In addition to having his win overturned into a no-contest, Blaydes also received a 90-day suspension and $1,000 fine from the TDLR, however he was not punished by USADA, as Texas’ archaic cannabis policies are much more stringent than the 150 ng/ml in-competition threshold maintained by USADA.
Blaydes thoroughly dominated Milstead in the bout before earning a second-round TKO due to injury. Prior to that, Blaydes earned Performance of the Night honors for his second-round TKO victory over Dana White Lookin’ for a Fight alum Cody East at UFC Fight Night 96. The young prospect’s only loss came in his UFC debut, a second-round TKO at the hands of Francis Ngannou.
He’ll now look to enter the UFC’s heavyweight rankings when he takes on Omielanczuk (19-7-1, 1 NC), a longtime Octagon veteran who overcame his own drug testing issues in February when USADA ruled that Omielanczuk was not at fault for a Jan. 2016 positive test for meldonium.
Omielanczuk, 34, has competed seven times in the UFC since debuting in the promotion in 2014, compiling a 3-4 record with victories over Oleksiy Oliynyk, Jarjis Danho, and Chris De La Rocha. Despite losing his most recent two contests to Stefan Struve and Timothy Johnson, Omielanczuk currently maintain’s a No. 15 ranking on the UFC’s media-generated rankings.
UFC 213 takes place July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of the UFC’s annual International Fight Week festivities. UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt looks to defend his belt against former titleholder T.J. Dillashaw on a card that also features a pair of confirmed heavyweight contests, Fabricio Werdum vs. Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik. A welterweight pairing between Donald Cerrone and Robbie Lawler is also rumored for the event.