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Curtis Blaydes earns 7th UFC win, knocks out Shamil Abdurakhimov at ‘UFC 242’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Curtis “Razor” Blaydes, 28, of Chicago, Illinois, United States was one of the winners at “UFC 242.” It was his seventh victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

On September 7, 2019, the UFC was at The Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for “UFC 242,” which featured 13 mixed martial arts matches. In the 10th bout of the evening, Blaydes fought Shamil “Abrek” Abdurakhimov, 38, of Rostov-on-Don, Russia in the heavyweight division.

Marc Goddard served as the referee. He put a stop to the heavyweight contest after 2 minutes and 22 seconds in the second round when Blaydes knocked out Abdurakhimov via punches.

“The fight was exactly how we predicted it might happen, (including) how to hold him, get him on the ground, takedowns, everything,” Blaydes said in his post-fighter interview. “We have now got to wait and see what happens next, but I am ready for anything, anyone.”

Winning at “UFC 242” improved the professional MMA record of Blaydes to 12 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Abdurakhimov now has 20 wins and 5 losses.

Born in Naperville, Illinois, USA on February 18, 1991, Blaydes attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. As a redshirt sophomore, he won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship.

As an MMA fighter, Blaydes has been competing professionally since 2014. He joined the UFC in 2016.

The first six opponents Blaydes defeated in the UFC were Cody “The Freight Train” East, 31, of Los Lunas, New Mexico, USA; Daniel Omielanczuk, 37, of Warsaw, Poland; Olexey “The Boa Constrictor” Oleynik, 42, of Moscow, Russia; Mark “The Super Samoan” Hunt, 45, of Auckland, New Zealand; Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 39, of Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Justin “Big Pretty” Willis, 32, of San Jose, California, USA. Before joining the UFC, Blaydes competed in Xtreme Fighting Organization, Sugar Creek Showdown, Rich Dambakly MMA and Resurrection Fighting Alliance.

In the main event of “UFC 242,” reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia successfully defended his belt from then reigning interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 30, of Coconut Creek, Florida, USA. The Dagestani champion submitted his American challenger via rear-naked choke in the third round.

Watch the complete “UFC 242” post-fight press conference here:

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