Jan Blachowicz

Poland

Puts Polish power on display
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 15, 2020
Blachowicz defeated Corey Anderson via KO (punch) at 3:08 of Round 1 at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Blachowicz was outwrestled by Anderson in their first matchup, but he never let it get that far in his second opportunity. The two exchanged early but little did Anderson know, Blachowicz was luring him into a trap. With Anderson advancing, Blachowicz landed a vicious right hand that sent him right to the canvas. No follow-up shots were needed, though he did get one extra hammer fist in before the referee was able to intervene. With the win, Blachowicz managed to put himself into a No. 1 contender spot with current champion Jon Jones sitting right in the front row. It wouldn't be too surprising to see Blachowicz get the next title shot as soon as Jones is ready, as Jan took very little damage in this one. In addition to the added notoriety that comes with a prospective title fight, Blachowicz will also take a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus home with him.
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Betting underdog Saturday
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 11, 2020
Blachowicz will be approximately a (+170) betting underdog when he takes on Corey Anderson in the main event of UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
This will be a rematch of a September 2015 matchup where Blachowicz was beaten handily, which at least partially explains why he's such a big betting underdog here despite winning six of his last seven fights. Blachowicz didn't perform well from a fantasy standpoint in that matchup, collecting just 20 signifcant strikes, a takedown and a pass. His opponent registered 84 significant strikes, four takedowns and six passes in that bout. Five years later, however, Blachowicz has built up a sizable amount of momentum and appears to be reinventing himself at the age of 36. While he'll be at a disadvantage in most statistical categories, it would be unwise to count him out as he makes a final push towards the belt. A No. 1 contender spot could very well be on the line here should champion Jon Jones choose to remain in the light heavyweight division.
Rematch vs. Corey Anderson in works
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 3, 2019
Blachowicz (foot) is expected to take on Corey Anderson for No. 1 contender status in the light heavyweight division at the UFC's Feb. 15 event in Rio Rancho, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.USAtoday.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Blachowicz has won two fights in a row including a knock out over Luke Rockhold at UFC 239 and a victory over Ronaldo Souza last month at UFC on ESPN+ 22. He lost to Anderson the first time they fought at UFC 191 in Sept. 2015, so this potential bout would be a rematch. He will look to earn a different outcome should this contract ultimately get signed.
Could face medical suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 18, 2019
Blachowicz (foot) is facing a 180-day medical suspension pending X-rays of both feet, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Blachowicz narrowly defeated Jacare Souza via unanimous decision at UFC Sao Paulo on Saturday, but he appeared to break his foot early in the fight and could now be sidelined for six months. The 36-year-old claimed on his personal Twitter feed that his feet felt good, but more should be revealed after he receives his X-ray. Following his victory Saturday, Blachowicz is now 6-1 over his last seven fights.
Edges Jacare Souza in Sao Paulo
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 16, 2019
Blachowicz defeated Jacare Souza via unanimous decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
It's the rare instance in which the winner of a UFC main event may have seen his stock decrease in the process. In what was about the most boring 25-minute bout you will ever see, Blachowicz did just enough to earn the judge's decision. Jan's best trait in this one was his takedown defense. He stuffed all five of Jacare's tries, but that didn't lead to any additional offense for Blachowicz. To give you an idea of his night at the office, Blachowicz ended up with a 105-56 edge in total strikes landed and an argument can be made he lost the fight. He also appeared to break his foot in the early going. Regardless, a win is a win and Blachowicz is now sporting a 6-1 record in his last seven bouts dating back to October 2017. Included in that stretch are wins over Jared Cannonier, Luke Rockhold, and Souza. Blachowicz is already 36 years old and getting by with smoke and mirrors, but he's winning.
Part of main event at UFC Sao Paulo
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 10, 2019
Blachowicz will take on Ronaldo Souza in the main event at UFC Sao Paulo, Dave Doyle of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Blachowicz has won five of his previous six fights, and is coming off his biggest win of his career over Luke Rockhold. The Poland product sports a 9-4 UFC record. He will square off against Souza who is moving up to light heavyweight for the fight.