Biography(references)Blaydes was born in Naperville, Illinois and raised in nearby Chicago along with his four other siblings. He began wrestling for the De La Salle Institute, winning a state title his senior year while also compiling an undefeated 44–0 record. Blaydes also played football for De La Salle as a defensive end. At Harper, Blaydes won the NJCAA National Championship as a redshirt sophomore. After he began fighting in amateur mixed martial arts, Blaydes left school to focus on a career in MMA.
Fighter Trivia(references)Blaydes has a daughter, Harlie, from a previous relationship.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: Performance of the Night (Three times) vs. Cody East, Alistair Overeem, and Chris Daukaus
UFC: Most takedowns in a fight in UFC Heavyweight division history (14)
National Junior College Athletic Association: NJCAA HWT National Championship out of Harper College (2012)
National Junior College Athletic Association: NJCAA All-American out of Harper College (2012)
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