Las Vegas, NV — Former airy heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz didn’t permission UFC Vegas 54 wholly unscathed.
Blachowicz volition person his oculus examined connected Monday, aft taking harm during his headlining combat with Aleksandar Rakic. Still, it was Rakic who came distant acold worse, suffering a limb wounded that ended the fight.
Poland’s Blacowicz (29-9) would person overmuch preferred a “clean” win, but helium believes the triumph boils down to durability and preparation.
“Of course. Always, I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior. It’s amended erstwhile you triumph by KO, TKO submission. Clean, yeah. KO, TKO,” Blachowicz said pursuing the fight, asked astir the quality of the win. Speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press, helium added “But my assemblage was tougher tonight, that’s it. End of story. I was acceptable for third, fourth, 5 rounds. He [was] not.”
Given the pair’s respective ranking successful the value people and existent champ Glover Teixeira’s willingness to assistance a rematch, Blachowicz present hopes helium volition beryllium warring for the rubric next.
“I anticipation so, that UFC is going to springiness maine different rubric shot. That I’m going to beryllium the adjacent one. I was [ranked number] one, Rakic was fig three. For me, it’s evident that I’m the fig 1 contender present for the rubric shot.”
Teixeira is surely unfastened to the fight, posting a connection successful enactment of Blachowicz connected twitter anterior to Saturday’s event. The champ added that were some to triumph their respective fights, “then we tally it back.”
Let’s spell @JanBlachowicz Win tonight…and I’ll triumph Jun 11…then we tally it back
— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) May 15, 2022
Blachowicz is besides acceptable for the UFC to instrumentality to his autochthonal Poland. That has not happened since a 2017 travel to Gdansk; the promotion has lone ever been to the European federation twice. It’s ne'er been to the superior of Warsaw.
“I anticipation so. We don’t person immoderate restrictions close now, everything’s moving similar earlier COVID. So let’s go, let’s bash it successful Poland, wherefore not?” Blachowicz told Cageside Press erstwhile asked astir the anticipation of a amusement successful his homeland. “There’s a batch of bully fighters close present from Poland, truthful it’s going to beryllium a bully show.”
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