Curtis Blaydes vaulted himself up the UFC heavyweight division rankings with a thunderous knockout of Alistair Overeem in his recent fight.

Blaydes, just 27 years old, improved to 10-1 in his career with his eighth knockout.

The win was his fourth consecutive since a no-contest with Adam Milstead and his fifth overall inside the Octagon. Now, Blaydes is believed to be on the short list to compete for UFC gold.

“Crazy how much has changed in the (two years) since my debut, you just gotta look in my corner: my manager, his friend, and my friend,” Blaydes posted. “I appreciate them being there for me, and you may wonder where my coach is, but I didn’t have one, I was going to the UFC Gym.”