Jan Blachowicz

Poland

Teixiera fight moved to October
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 27, 2021
Blachowicz's light heavyweight title fight with Glover Teixeira has been moved to October 30, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The title fight will take place in Abu Dhabi. It was scheduled previously for Sept. 4 at UFC 266. The reason for the change is unclear at this time, though it will allow Blachowicz, who last fought in early March, extra time to prepare for his title defense.
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Teixeira fight booked for September
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 14, 2021
Blachowicz will take on Glover Teixeira in light heavyweight title fight at UFC 266 on Sept. 4, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Blachowicz was able to defend his belt in early March against Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision. Blachowicz said after the fight that he wanted some time off before defending his belt again, so a September fight with the No. 1 contender makes sense. Blachowicz is now 9-1 over his last 10 fights.
Plans to take a break after victory
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 8, 2021
Blachowicz mentioned in his post-fight press conference that he plans to take a minimum half-year break after his win over Israel Adesanya but plans to defend his title against Glover Teixeira once he's ready to return, Aaron Bronster of TSN Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
UFC President Dana White confirmed after Saturday's fight that Teixeira is the No. 1 contender to fight Blachowicz next for the UFC Light Heavyweight belt. An official date for the fight likely won't be announced for quite some time as Blachowicz was adamant about taking some extended time off but the two should be expected to meet in the later stages of 2021 after Blachowicz served Adesanya the first loss of his MMA career.
Remains champ at 205 pounds
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Blachowicz successfully defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-45) at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It wasn't as lopsided as those scores would lead you to believe, but Blachowicz deserved to win, and his first title defense resulted in his biggest and most important victory to date. The first three rounds were contested almost entirely on the feet, and Adesanya appeared to get the better of it. Jan definitely connected on some power shots of his own, but there was a clear speed edge for Izzy, and Blachowicz had difficulty with some of the combinations coming his way. Jan won't overwhelm anyone with his athleticism, but the mark of a champion is knowing when to makes changes and what to do, and Blachowicz, the much bigger man, leaned on his wrestling over the course of the final ten minutes. He nabbed a takedown in each round and used his massive frame to keep Adesanya pinned to the mat. It wasn't pretty, but it was effective. The turnaround for Jan has been remarkable. This is a guy who was on the verge of being released following four losses in a five-fight stretch from April 2015 to April 2017. He is 9-1 since then, including wins over Adesanya, Dominick Reyes, Jacare Souza, Corey Anderson and Luke Rockhold. Glover Teixeira, who weighed in on Friday as an alternate for this bout, would appear to be next in line for a title shot.
Title defense date set
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 30, 2020
Blachowicz is booked to fight Israel Adesanya for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 259 on March 6, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Adesanya is coming off a dominant win over Paulo Costa to retain the middleweight belt back in September, and he'll move up to the light heavyweight division to take on Blachowicz, who holds the belt for that class. Blachowicz packs a power punch but lacks the speed of Adesanya, who is the betting favorite at around (-250).
Title defense vs. Adesanya on tap
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 31, 2020
President Dana White said Blachowicz will defend his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Israel Adesanya at a to-be-determined site and date, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Adesanya has been a dominating force at middleweight and will move up to light heavyweight to challenge the new belt holder. Reigning champ Jon Jones vacated the title over the summer, and Blachowicz handled Dominick Reyes at UFC 253 last month to put himself atop the division. UFC figures to nail down the specifics for the matchup in the near future. Once the cage doors do close, Blachowicz will be giving up two inches in both height and reach to Adesanya, despite the fact that it's Adesanya moving up a weight class. Blachowicz has a clear power advantage, but Adesanya's speed should play well up at 205 pounds. The first fighter to defeat Adesanya will be one that can successfully wrestle him, and while Blachowicz hasn't recorded a takedown in his last four fights, it's still a skill he's utilized in the past. Nonetheless, Blachowicz opened as a pretty sizeable underdog of roughly (+225) shortly after this fight was announced.