Firmly established with the Team Elevation squad in Colorado and racing up the heavyweight ladder as he prepares for this weekend’s UFC 221 co-main event with Mark Hunt in Perth, No. 9-ranked contender Curtis Blaydes never forgets where he came from. But when asked if he was the big fish in a small pond when it came to training in his home city of Chicago, he laughs.“I wouldn’t say I was the big fish. I would say it was more like I was the only fish in the pond,” he said.

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