Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight prospect Curtis Blaydes looked to break into the rankings opposite veteran Daniel Omielanczuk last night (July 8, 2017) at UFC 213 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Though officially just 1-1 (1) in his previous three UFC fights, Blaydes proved himself an incredible talent, enough so that he was given a higher position on the card over Werdum-Overeem at one point. A physical beast of a wrestler unafraid to trade punches, Blaydes was looking to dominate. On the other hand, Omielanczuk was less of an athletic talent but also a more proven technician. His consistency in all areas of the game is what introduced him to the rankings, as “The Polish Bear” was able to out-work many of his lower-tier Heavyweights.
This one just dragged on and on.
Blaydes came out looking to wrestle early, but Omielanczuk did an admirable job of denying the wrestler’s shots. Nevertheless, Blaydes was able to jam his foe into the fence, where he controlled and landed some decent knees.
Over time, Omielanczuk began to find more success in creating space. On the outside, neither man was able to land all that many punches, but Omielanczuk landed some very nice kicks to the leg and body.
All in all, it was a really close round. Blaydes had lots of control and some knees, but Omielanczuk landed the better kicks and cracked his foe with an elbow near the bell.
Blaydes was a bit more active with his hands to start the second, making use of his long reach with jabs. Both men were getting pretty tired, which meant that their general accuracy dipped even lower. At the same time, Blaydes was unable to finish any takedowns nor did he control along the fence as often.
To be frank, no one landed much of anything. Blaydes’ jabs were nice, and Omielanczuk landed probably the best strike of the fight with a counter knee to the face.
Overall, it was damn slow, and things were very much up for grabs in the final round.
Omielanczuk came out swinging in the third, whinging long left hands and high kicks. He landed decently, but it wasn’t long before Blaydes jammed him back into the fence with a takedown attempt. The paced slowed down not long after, and Blaydes began to find a home for his cross. Omielanczuk was still landing with better accuracy but not much volume. The Pole attempted a takedown and — very briefly — got it, but he ate more elbows than it was worth in the process.
It was an uninspired end to an uninspired fight.
Blaydes won this fight more from his clinch control than anything else. All things considered, Omielanczuk probably landed the hardest shots, but Blaydes was able to get the nod simply by trying. It didn’t matter that his takedown attempts failed or that his punches weren’t all that meaningful, Blaydes was the more active and aggressive fighter in a match where nothing really happened.
It was ugly, but a top 15 win still counts for something, and that’s (unofficially thanks to the the inept Texas athletic commission) three straight victories for “Razor Blaydes.”
As for Omielanczuk, he was never active enough to overcome his opponent’s pressure and Octagon control. Landing the hardest shots is cool and all, but unless they very obviously rock or stun the opponent, volume is almost always going to win. Omielanczuk didn’t throw enough, and it cost him the decision in a winnable match.
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