UFC Fight Night: Blaydes Faces Daukaus in Columbus

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The UFC remains on the road again this week. Following the fantastic show in London – next up is Columbus, Ohio. The card is packed with incredible bouts that span across many different weight divisions.

The night’s main event features Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukaus, who will have a five-round, heavyweight bout. Find out the latest odds and get pre-fight info for all main card bouts for the upcoming UFC Fight Night.

UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Daukaus

Curtis Blaydes vs. Chris Daukaus

The night’s main event is between the two American heavyweights – Blaydes and Daukaus. We last saw Curtis “Razor” Blaydes win with ease against Jairzinho Rozenstruik, but he suffered a knockout loss when he faced off with Derrick Lewis.

Blaydes, who is primarily a wrestler, enters the fight as a big favorite. The UFC betting sites have him at -300 to win on the night. These odds are influenced by this opponent being similar to Rozenstruik, who he managed to keep on the mat for the majority of his last fight in September.

Razor also has a four-inch reach advantage on his side and an impressive 67% finishing rate and 6.28 takedowns per 15minutes. A win for either Blaydes or Daukaus will likely set up a title shot, so both will look to do everything possible to win.

Chris Daukaus is much newer to the UFC than his opponent. He has an impressive list of results, with four wins from his first bunch of fights, all coming in the form of knockout or TKO. Daukaus, who used to be a policeman, suffered his first loss against Derrick Lewis last year, the very same opponent that Blaydes lost to.

The ex-cop doesn’t have the same wrestling skill set that Blaydes does, so he will have to keep things standing to do well on the night. Daukaus has proven with his three first-round finishes that he is only too capable of getting things done early and will enter with a 92% finishing rate.

The Philadelphian has a 100% takedown defense and isn’t too keen on taking things to the floor either, with zero takedowns in his career. He knows this stat is going to take a hit on Saturday, though. “I’m not a fool. I fully expect to be on my back at some point in this fight” said Daukaus.

Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukaus
31 Age 32
19 Fights 16
15 Wins 12
3 Losses 4
9 KO’s 10
1 Subs 1
6′ 4 Height 6′ 3
80 Reach 76
261.00 Weight 235.50
Win Last Fight Loss

Joanne Wood vs. Alexa Grasso

This female flyweight bout features two talented strikers – Wood and Grasso. This is the second time of asking for this matchup; it was initially scheduled for November. However, Alexa Grasso sustained an injury and had to withdraw.

Joanne Wood is looking to make a comeback after losing both of her recent fights. In June, she lost against Lauren Murphy via split decision and recently to Taila Santos in November by submission.

The Scot is a seriously tough fighter that has fallen on some poor form. She enters this bout as an underdog, with a reach disadvantage and being eight years older than her opponent. The 36-year-old will need to get a win if she wants to stick around in the UFC any longer.

Alexa Grasso enters as the younger fighter with a much cleaner record. The 28-year-old last met Maycee Barber in the Octagon and outworked her to claim a win by unanimous decision.

The rising star will break into the top ten flyweight rankings with a win against Wood, putting her in line for a title shot.

The Mexican has some impressive boxing skills and will want to keep things standing on Saturday and stay well within her comfort zone.

Joanne Wood vs Alexa Grasso
36 Age 28
24 Fights 16
15 Wins 13
7 Losses 3
5 KO’s 4
1 Subs 0
5′ 6 Height 5′ 5
66.5 Reach 66
126.00 Weight 125.00
Loss Last Fight Win

Askar Askarov vs. Kai Kara-France

This close pitted flyweight bout should prove to be a compelling watch. We will witness the former ACB champion and now #2 Askarov face-off with #6 ranked – Kara-France.

Askar Askarov is unbeaten and has put on some dominant UFC performances since his debut in 2019. Askarov is now on a three-fight win streak. The Russian has won all his fights in UFC by decision, grinding his opponents down with flawless striking and grappling.

The 29-year-old will enter as a big favorite due to his outstanding results. The pair are pretty evenly matched on paper, though – both share the same age, height, and reach.

On Saturday, a win for Askarov will guarantee him a shot at the title in his next matchup after quickly rising to the top.

Kai Kara-France is also on good form and called out Askarov for this fight to see who would get a shot at the flyweight belt.

The New Zealander made light work of Rogerio Bontorin and Cody Garbrandt with two first-round finishes in 2021. The 28-year-old star hasn’t lost since mid-2020, but this will be a real test.

The Kiwi enters with plenty of experience – totaling 35 fights, with 23 wins. This matchup promises to be a grandiose exhibition between two high-level MMA fighters.

Askar Askarov vs Kai Kara-France
29 Age 28
15 Fights 35
14 Wins 23
0 Losses 9
4 KO’s 12
7 Subs 3
5′ 5 Height 5′ 4
67 Reach 66.5
127.00 Weight 125.00
Win Last Fight Win

Matt Brown vs. Bryan Barberena

This welterweight bout will occur between two legends of the sport – Matt Brown and Bryan Barberena. Originally this bout was cast for December, but Brown contracted COVID. Barberena took a fight against Darian Weeks at short notice and called out Matt Brown again to make this matchup happen.

Old-school UFC fans will remember Matt Brown from coming up through the Ultimate Fighter 7 series. The Ohio native takes this fight on his doorstep after breaking his two-fight losing streak with a win against Dhiego Lima in June.

This fight will be tough to call. The odds are almost entirely even, and while Brown is the elder by nine years, he also has a lot more experience to go with that time on earth.

Bryan Barberena recently took an interview where he explained why he wanted to fight Matt Brown,  “He’s a legend of the sport… I am a fan, I respect the guy… but what most excites me is how he fights.”

The North Carolinian striker is as tough as they come. You can expect this to be violent bout from the word go.

Matt Brown vs Bryan Barberena
41 Age 32
44 Fights 24
23 Wins 16
18 Losses 8
17 KO’s 10
6 Subs 2
6′ 0 Height 6′ 0
76 Reach 72
170.50 Weight 170.50
Win Last Fight Win

Ilir Latifi vs. Aleksei Oleinik

This legendary heavyweight matchup between Latifi and Oleinik will kick off the main card. Amazingly these two fighters have a combined 100 professional bouts in their careers.

In June, Ilir Latifi broke his three-loss steak with a decision win against Tanner Boser and will enter as a favorite. The Swede earned his Boa Constrictor epithet in that bout, leaving the Octagon with two fractures in his arm.

The 38-year-old is the lesser experienced and the younger of the pair by six years. While those things are in his favor, he will have to overcome a five-inch reach disadvantage and keep things standing to get the win.

Jiu-Jitsu expert – Aleksei Oleinik is still hunting his 60th professional win. He has lost his last three fights looking for that milestone, and at the age of 44, another loss could be his last in the UFC.

The Russian is well and truly deserving of his nickname – the Boa Constrictor. He has 59 wins, 46 of which have come from squeezing his opponents to submit. He enters as the slight underdog but has a significant reach advantage and some extensive experience to draw from.

Ilir Latifi vs Aleksei Oleinik
38 Age 44
24 Fights 76
15 Wins 59
8 Losses 16
5 KO’s 8
5 Subs 46
5′ 10 Height 6′ 2
75 Reach 80
240.00 Weight 228.00
Loss Last Fight Win

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