Jan Blachowicz


Opponent injury leads to win
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 14, 2022
Blachowicz defeated Aleksandar Rakic via TKO (injury stoppage) at 1:11 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN 36 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It didn't come in the fashion anyone was hoping for, but Blachowicz gets right back in the win column following his loss to Glover Teixeira last October in which he dropped the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Jan and Rakic fought to very even terms for the 11-plus minutes this fight lasted. Blachowicz was the better man in Round 1 on the strength of crisp striking, while Rakic dominated Round 2 on the strength of a takedown and plenty of control time. Jan made a concerted effort to damage Rakic's lead (left) leg, but it was his right knee which eventually gave out early in Round 3 and resulted in the stoppage. This victory, regardless of how it came about, puts him right back in the running at 205 pounds. That said, Jan turned 39 years of age this past February and his margin for error isn't quite as large as it should be considering all the quality opposition Blachowicz has defeated in recent years.
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Reschedules Rakic matchup
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 29, 2022
Blachowicz (back) will now take on Aleksandar Rakic in a light heavyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for May 14, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports (via Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl).
Blachowicz was originally set to attempt to get back in the win column March 26 in Columbus, but he was forced to withdraw from the originally-scheduled matchup against Rakic due to a back injury. He'll be healthy enough to go roughly a month and a half later, where he'll again presumably enter as a slight betting underdog around roughly (+120). Blachowicz will be more than formidable as a former champion, but he is more than nine years older than his adversary and will be at a statistical disadvantage in terms of striking offense and defense. In the past, Blachowicz has had a respectable wrestling game to fall back on, though Rakic defends takedowns at an impressive 80 percent. Both me sport a 78-inch reach, while Rakic stands two inches taller.
Withdraws due to injury
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 28, 2022
Blachowicz is dealing with an injury near his spine and withdrew from his scheduled light heavyweight bout against Aleksandar Rakic at UFC Columbus on March 26, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Blachowicz lost to Glover Teixeira at UFC 267 in his bid for the UFC Light Heavyweight belt in October, and the back injury will prevent him from taking part in the main event March 26. It remains to be seen whether Rakic will be pulled from the card entirely or if he'll receive a new opponent.
Set to face Rakic
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 1, 2021
Blachowicz is slated to fight Aleksandar Rakic in a light heavyweight fight at the UFC's March 26 event in Columbus, MMAFighting.com reports.
The match hasn't been made officially just yet, but nonetheless, the former UFC light heavyweight champion is targeted to face an oncoming contender in Rakic. Blachowicz most recently lost at UFC 267 to Glover Teixeira via submission in the second round, while Rakic is coming off a win last March over Thiago Santos. Prior to Blachowicz's defeat against Teixeira, the Polish fighter had won five straight fights.
Drops UFC Light Heavyweight belt
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 30, 2021
Blachowicz lost his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Glover Teixeira via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:02 of Round 2 at UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi.
Blachowicz has won countless fights over the years in which he was expected to lose, but this one, in which he was expected to emerge victorious, he came up short. It seemed as if Jan was never able to get out of first gear for the duration of the bout. Glover scored an early takedown and kept him pinned to the mat for the duration of Round 1. During an exchange along the fence midway through Round 2, Blachowicz gave up his back and immediately taped out to the choke before Glover really even had a chance to crank it. Jan won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship from Dominick Reyes in September 2020 and defended it successfully once, against Israel Adesanya this past March. Blachowicz was understandably and visibly dejected with his effort, but handled the defeat with class, as expected. Jan could walk away tomorrow and his UFC run would be an overwhelming success. He'll be back, but his margin for error is quite small considering he will be turning 39 years of age in late-February.
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.
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.