While heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic recovers from an eye injury, now is a time when contenders for his title are positioning themselves for future challenges. The winner of this bout might not be next in line for a shot at winning Miocic’s crown, but they could be in for a fight soon thereafter.
Blaydes has won six of his past seven fights, with the 28-year-old American’s last fight resulting in a second round TKO win over the Russian Shamil Abdurakhimov in September last year. The American comes from a wrestling background and is a devastating ground striker.
The 35 year-old Brazilian’s Junior dos Santos’s last fight ended in a first round TKO loss to Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou back in June 2019.
Dos Santos won the heavyweight title in 2012 when he knocked out Cain Velasquez and a win here would edge him closer to another title shot.
The Brazilian has phenomenal hand speed and taking Dos Santos to the mat has never been easy, as he’s one of the division’s all-time leaders in takedown defense, but he has a tendency to be backed against the fence rather too easily when put under pressure.
Curtis Blaydes vs Junior dos Santos Betting Lines & Prediction
With regards to UFC predictions for this fight, Blaydes has only ever lost to Ngannou (which he has done twice) and he looks to have enough to beat Dos Santos.
For the tip, we’ll go for the Method of Victory market and Blaydes to win by KO TKO or Disqualification at -110 (1.91) with Betway.