Jan Blachowicz | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
With an impressive first-round finish of an old nemesis, Jan Blachowicz believes he’s done everything necessary to secure a UFC title shot.
Blachowicz was victorious in his rematch with Corey Anderson at UFC Rio Rancho, avenging a 2015 loss by punching Anderson out in just over three minutes. Even better, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was cageside and Blachowicz had the chance to directly state his case for being Jones’s next challenger.
Post-fight, Blachowicz was adamant that he is now the No. 1 contender and he reiterated that sentiment in quotes released to the media afterwards.
“They were wrong about me, I proved that I am the best in the world and I proved that I am the next contender for the title shot,” Blachowicz said. “We trained that shot all the time in training. We knew that he would try to use his boxing to take me down. He used his boxing to take down Johnny Walker, but that’s good for me because I like stand up fighting.
“You promised me on the show Jon, I am next. Let’s do this, tell me where and when. Give me the place and time.”
Blachowicz also appeared on an ESPN+ post-fight show where he jokingly added “Send location” in reference to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s classic call-out of Conor McGregor.
Thought the fight was over a flash, a lot went into Blachowicz’s preparation for his second fight with Anderson. Their first meeting was completely different as Anderson grounded Blachowicz for three rounds and bludgeoned him with strikes from top position en route to a lopsided unanimous decision. That loss was part of a 1-4 stretch for Blachowicz, but he has since won six of seven and he credited his team with helping him to make the proper adjustments as well as Anderson for the wake-up call he provided at UFC 191.
“I just do my job, you know? Perfect right hand,” Blachowicz said. “The same that we do in the locker room, in our training camp. That’s it, I told you. The same opponent, new story.”
“I think nobody wants to fight against me in stand-up, everybody tries to take me down, but this time it’s not so easy because Corey [taught me I need] better takedown defense,” he added. “Now I’m a complete fighter.”
Blachowicz said he also improved his cardio and he made sure to travel to New Mexico well ahead of fight night to better acclimate to the high altitude.
When it comes time to cross paths with Jones, Blachowicz warned that he will utilize “Polish power” to become the first fighter to hand Jones a legitimate loss and that his game plan will be simple.
“The same,” Blachowicz said. “The same like today. Knock him out.”
Asked of he was interested in other opponents, Blachowicz said he is focused solely on Jones and that he will wait for the opportunity to fight him should Jones rematch Dominick Reyes or pursue another opportunity outside of a defense against Blachowicz.
What Blachowicz could confirm is that he’ll only need a brief vacation before signing on the dotted line to challenge Jones.
“I don’t know, I just need two or three weeks off and then give me the place and the time,” Blachowicz said.
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