UFC Raleigh: Curtis Blaydes Put His Hands to Work, Stops Junior dos Santos

Curtis Blaydes was unable to put his feared top game into play tonight against Junior dos Santos, but the heavyweight contender demonstrated that his striking shouldn't be overlooked.

Junior dos Santos did a fantastic job of squashing multiple takedown attempts from Curtis Blaydes tonight at UFC Raleigh. But, the powerful wrestler showed the MMA world he’s far from just a ground specialist.

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Round one

JDS came out with his left arm low in anticipation of a Blaydes’ takedown. JDS tagged Blaydes with a quick right and the latter shot in, but was unable to score the TD. Blaydes started mixing in some strikes and feints and continued to move forward. Mid-round, Blaydes was able to clinch up and push JDS to the fence. But, Blaydes hit JDS low with a punch and the action was momentarily stopped. JDS stepped nicely out of the way of Blaydes’ advance but he ate a right moments later. Blaydes scored with a couple more punches but failed to secure another TD. Right before the round ended dos Santos just missed a massive uppercut.

Round two

Blaydes continued to press forward in round two and “Cigano” looked to counter. A bout a minute in, Blaydes decked JDS with a massive right that rocked the former champ badly. Blaydes followed up with more shots along the cage, and the fight was stopped. A massive, massive win for Blaydes.

With tonight’s win, Blaydes record now stands at 13-2, with 1 no-contest. “Razor” has gone 8-2, with 1 no-contest.

UFC Raleigh results

Here are the complete results for UFC Raleigh, which was hosted by the PNC Arena.

Curtis Blaydes def. Junior Dos Santos via TKO (punches) R2, 1:06

Michael Chiesa def. Rafael Dos Anjos via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Alex Perez def. Jordan Espinosa via technical submission (arm-triangle-choke) R1, 2:33

Angela Hill def. Hannah Cifers via TKO (strikes) R2, 4:26

Jamahal Hill def. Darko Stosic via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Bevon Lewis def. Dequan Townsend via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Arnold Allen def. Nik Lentz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Justine Kish def. Lucie Pudilova via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Montel Jackson def. Felipe Colares via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

Sara McMann def. Lina Lansberg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)

Brett Johns def. Tony Gravely via submission (rear-naked choke) – R3, 2:53

Herbert Burns def. Nate Landwehr via knockout (knee and punches) – R1, 2:43

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