UFC 221 results: Curtis Blaydes dominates Mark Hunt for biggest win of career

11 February 2018

Curtis Blaydes survived a first-round knockdown and went on to dominate Mark Hunt for the biggest win of his career.

Blaydes (10-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) topped Hunt (13-12-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) on the strength of 10 takedowns and got a pair of 30-26 scores and a 29-27.

The heavyweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC 221 card at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Blaydes wobbled Hunt with a left hand a minute in, but Hunt stayed on his feet. Two minutes in, Blaydes finally shot for a takedown and got it, but Hunt quickly scrambled back to his feet. Seconds later, Hunt landed an overhand right that hurt Blaydes. And a moment later, Hunt landed again and put Blaydes on the canvas.

But Blaydes popped back up and picked up a big defensive takedown. He got to full mount, but Hunt recovered and got back to his feet with 90 seocnds left. But Blaydes took him right back down and got on top in half-guard. He dropped down ground-and-pound, but not enough to threaten to end the fight. Blaydes got to full mount late and had a rear-naked choke to close the frame.

Blaydes tried for a takedown early in the second, but Hunt defended it and the two went back to the center. Hunt just missed a right hand, then stayed patient looking for his opening agianst the taller Blaydes. Midway through the round, Blaydes landed a big takedown, then slowly went to work on top. He did just enough to avoid getting stood up, though the heaviest of his strikes came in the final 20 seconds of the round.

Just five seconds into the final round, Blaydes picked up another takedown. When Hunt got back to his feet, Blaydes again took him down. Then he jumped to full mount with four and a half minutes to go. He dropped elbows down and kept the pressure on. With a minute left, Hunt managed to get back to his feet. But with his ninth takedown, he started to seal the deal, and he got a 10th in the final 20 seconds.

Blaydes won for the fourth straight time. After a TKO win over Derrick Lewis in June 2017, Hunt is back to the loss column and has dropped two of his past three.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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