UFC Vegas 15 Main Event Off, Curtis Blaydes Positive for COVID-19

29 Novembre, 2020, 18:32 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Derrick Lewis UFC Fight Night main event canceled

The main event at UFC Las Vegas 15 is canceled a day before the scheduled fight, ESPN's Ariel Helwani first reported. Former title challenger and current ESPN analyst Anthony Smith is expected to take on rising contender Devin Clark in the new main event.

"I'm not going anywhere", Smith said in his postfight interview.

Smith (33-16 MMA) will enter tonight's UFC Vegas 15 headliner on a two-fight losing skid, his latest being a unanimous decision setback to Aleksandar Rakić.

Clark looked to land big punches at the start of the fight and went in for a takedown.

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Smith made to work him over with strikes that eventually led to him getting a triangle choke for the win. He rained down some big shots that ultimately led to the finish when he was able to stay on top, pass the guard of Sato and lock in the always unsafe arm triangle choke for the win.

Thankfully, the main event should have no trouble making weight for this Saturday as it features heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes. But on Friday, Curtis Blaydes was forced out of the heavyweight main event against Derrick Lewis due to a positive COVID-19 test. Smith-Clark was moved to the headlining slot and became a five-round contest.

Just a year ago, Smith was challenging Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title. "Lionheart" has gone 1-3 over his past four contests overall, with his lone win in that time coming against Alexander Gustafsson by way of submission. Blaydes (14-2, one no-contest) is now on a four-fight winning streak, including a unanimous decision win over No. 6-ranked Alexander Volkov in a UFC Fight Night headliner back in June.

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