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UFC 242 results: Curtis Blaydes smashes Shamil Abdurakhimov with second-round TKO

Curtis Blaydes
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Curtis Blaydes wasn’t keeping his game plan a secret at UFC 242 and Shamil Abdurakhimov could do nothing to stop him.

The top-5 ranked heavyweight used a dominant wrestling pedigree to put Abdurakhimov down on the mat numerous times before bludgeoning him with elbows leading to referee Marc Goddard stopping the fight at 2:22 into the second round.

“I knew I was the better wrestler. I knew I was better conditioned. I could have done that for five rounds,” Blaydes said after earning his second win in a row.

Blaydes wasted no time putting Abdurakhimov down on the mat as the former college wrestler was more than happy to engage in a grappling battle. It was a suffocating strategy as Blaydes shredded Abdurakhimov’s defense with a series of takedowns and then mauled him on the mat.

Late in the opening round, Blaydes moved into the mount and blasted away at the Dagestani fighter with a barrage of powerful punches and elbows. Time ran out before Blaydes could get the finish but it definitely looked like he had Abdurakhimov in serious trouble.

The second round saw more of the same with Blaydes diving forward with another powerful takedown less than 30 seconds after the fighters were released from their corners.

From there, Blaydes had no intention of letting Abdurakhimov get back to his feet as he began blasting away with a series of elbows. The final strike saw Blaydes connect with his elbow to Abdurakhimov’s face, twisting his nose out of position. That was more than enough for the referee to stop the fight.

The win puts Blaydes at 6-1 over his past seven fights as he continues to climb the ranks in the heavyweight division. Following the win, Blaydes said he hopes to return in late 2019 or early 2020 as he looks for another contender to put him that much closer to his ultimate goal, which is fighting for the UFC heavyweight title.