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UFC 242 live blog: Curtis Blaydes vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov

Curtis Blaydes faces off with Shamil Abdurakhimov ahead of their heavyweight bout Saturday at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi
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This is the UFC 242 live blog for Curtis Blaydes vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov, a heavyweight bout at Saturday’s UFC event at The Arena in Abu Dhabi.

Blaydes, who has won six of his last seven fights (excluding one no contest), faces Abdurakhimov, who has won three straight fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 242 live blog below.

Round 1: Marc Goddard the third man in the cage for this bout. Blaydes immediately shoots in and he’s on Abdurakhimov’s back against the fence. He lands a few punches before Abdurakhimov is able to stand. Blaydes maintains the body lock and drags Abdurakhimov right down. He’s in side control. Abdurakhimov works his way back to his feet and breaks Blaydes’s grip. Abdurakhimov looking to stick and move. Blaydes powers in and gets a third takedown. Abdurakhimov holding on to Blaydes’s hands to prevent any ground-and-pound from the rear, but Blaydes is stuck to his back. Blaydes pops his hips and gets a fourth takedown. Full mount for Blaydes and he is dropping heavy fists and elbows. Abdurakhimov saved by the bell.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-8, Blaydes.

Round 2: Blaydes just wades in, takes an uppercut, and immediately takes Abdurakhimov down. He gradually advances into half. Blaydes on the back now and he’s landing punches with one of Abdurakhimov’s hands trapped. Abdurakhimov is able to change positions and avoid the stoppage, but he’s on bottom again. He tries to kick Blaydes off, that’s about all the resistance he’s showing. That last elbow by Blaydes busted Abdurakhimov wide open. Goddard has to wave this one off.

Official result: Curtis Blaydes def. Shamil Abdurakhimov via TKO (ground-and-pound) at 2:22 of round two