Jan Blachowicz defeated Corey Anderson at the UFC Rio Rancho, earning himself a possibility of meeting with Jon Jones.
Blachowicz Knockouts Anderson
One bad misjudgment of the American fighter cost him the bout. And the chance to participate in a title fight. He went to kick Blachowicz’s leg, but while doing so, he left his chin unprotected. The Polish fighter saw that and delivered a hit that sent Anderson to the canvas.
While laying on the ground he received one more punch, before Herb Dean, the judge in the ring saved him from being beaten further.
Although being a solid favorite before the match, Anderson (13-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) lost the contest easily, practically without having an opportunity to show his skillset. The fight ended at 3:08 of the first round.
With this triumph, Blachowicz (26-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) set the scores even with this rival, as he avenged the loss from UFC 191, when Anderson won via unanimous decision. When comparing the Polish guy then and now, it is more than obvious that he improved all areas of his fight enormously. At the moment, he has seven wins in eight clashes, and the only defeat came against the Brazilian Thiago Santos.
It could be said that the Pole is having a streak of his life right now, and the opponents whom he defeated are pretty solid – Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Jimi Manuwa, Jared Cannonier.
Jon Jones as the Next Target
Immediately following the announcement of his win, Blachowicz stated that he wants to fight Jon Jones next, and he even personally addressed the light heavyweight champion who was sitting in the first row.
The 36-year old stated that Jones “promised” him to be the next challenger, and that at the moment, there aren’t better options for Bones than him.
The American champ responded afterward, saying that he accepts the challenge, adding that he believes Blachowicz is performing excellent and that he expects that the organization gives him a call about that bout.
Of course, the fight which everyone wants to see is the rematch between Jones and Domnick Reyes, and if that can’t be agreed, Blachowicz will no doubt get his chance to meet the undisputed ruler of the division.
The talks about Jones vs. Reyes II haven’t started yet, officially, but many believe that it might be resolved pretty quickly. Jones doesn’t have too many options at the moment. Some stories about him meeting Stipe Miocic appeared last year, but apparently, that fight isn’t going to happen. Having Daniel Cormier instead of Bones in that one would be much more profitable for the organization.
On the other side, Israel Adesanya’s challenges aren’t tempting for the American, and he already stated that the fighter form New Zealand needs to prove himself in the division before having a chance to face him.
So, Reyes and Blachowicz are the only two realistic options for Jones, with the not that another sequence with “The Devastator” would bring more money than the fight against the Pole.