Curtis Blaydes is not interested in a rematch with Tom Aspinall despite the unfortunate end of their fight at UFC London on Saturday.
Blaydes landed a 15-second TKO over Aspinall after the Team Kaobon product blew his knee off a kick. Although he got the win, “Razor” was frustrated with the way the fight went.
“I have no idea what happened,” Blaydes said during his post-fight press conference (video provided by MMA Junkie). He landed the kick, I went to counter, he fell. That’s all I know.”
Blaydes knew a victory over Aspinall would bring him closer to a championship opportunity, which would be his first since joining the promotion more than six years ago. But before that can happen, the 31-year-old would love one more fight and has set his sights on the winner of Ciryl Gane against Tai Tuivasa at UFC Paris for his next appearance. And he has no interest in considering any other options, including a rematch with Aspinall.
“I’m not risking my ranking,” Blaydes said. “I won the fight. Going into this fight, I imagined the winner, which is me, the winner of this fight would fight the winner of Tuivasa and Gane. So, I’m not going to pass up an opportunity to fight these guys when he’s just there waiting for Aspinall to heal up and get him going again.
“It doesn’t help me at all with the standings, staying active,” Blaydes continued. “You don’t have to stay active. You have to beat highly ranked opponents. I will wait for the winner. I won’t take no. 8, no. 7 [or] #6 because it doesn’t help me. It helps them. I don’t seek to give alms.
Blaydes is now on a three-game winning streak. The No. 4 heavyweight bounced back from a second-round knockout loss to Derrick Lewis with victories over Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Chris Daukaus at UFC 266 and UFC Columbus, respectively.