Curtis Blaydes doubts facing Jon Jones next: “What does it do for his legacy?”

Curtis Blaydes talks about fighting for the UFC interim heavyweight belt and a potential fight with Jon Jones.

by Aryan Lakhani
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Curtis Blaydes doubts facing Jon Jones next: “What does it do for his legacy?”
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Curtis Blaydes is treating his upcoming fight against Tom Aspinall as if he’s fighting for the ‘original’ UFC heavyweight belt. The fight is scheduled to take place on 27th July at UFC 304. If Curtis Blaydes wins against Tom Aspinall in the rematch, he could then face the winner of Jon Jones vs Stipe Miocic.

However, Curtis Blaydes doubts that Jon Jones will fight him in the future.

Curtis Blaydes on fighting for the UFC interim heavyweight belt.

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Curtis Blaydes explained how he’s approaching his fight with Tom Aspinall.

“That’s how I’m approaching it,” Blaydes said, as quoted by mmafighting.com. “When I told my family, my brothers, my dad, my sister, ‘I’m fighting for a belt,’ I didn’t say interim belt.

I said a belt. Honestly, a majority of casual fans, they don’t know the difference. I’m sure a lot of them are probably perplexed like, ‘How does Aspinall have a belt and Jon have a belt?’ They probably don’t understand the concept of interim vs.

undisputed, and they don’t care. All they see is a shiny belt and you holding it in a UFC octagon. That’s all they need. So to me, it is the real belt”.

Curtis Blaydes on Jon Jones fighting him

"He knows what he’s doing.

But do I honestly believe he would risk his legacy against a guy like me? No. ‘Cause if he beats me, what does it do for his legacy?".

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