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27 September 2020 06:30

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  • Jan Blachowicz is the new UFC light-heavyweight champion following his stunning victory against Dominick Reyes at UFC 253.

Jan Blachowicz is the new UFC light-heavyweight champion following his stunning victory against Dominick Reyes at UFC 253.

Jan Blachowicz is the new UFC light-heavyweight champion following his stunning victory against Dominick Reyes at UFC 253. The Polish fighter stopped Reyes in the second round of their championship bout on 'Fight Island' to become the new ruler of the 205lbs division. Europe has a new UFC champion! Blachowicz is just the third man to hold the UFC light-heavyweight belt since 2011. As for the actual fight, Blachowicz started on the front foot and landed plenty of low kicks.

Blachowicz then inflected a damaging body kick on Reyes who sported a nasty bruise under his right elbow. In the second round, Blachowicz switched his attack and connected with a couple of hard hooks that floored Reyes. Reyes, meanwhile, took to social media following his second straight defeat. Gotta pull the trigger!!! #UFC253 #justgettingstarted - Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) September 27, 2020 Jan Blachowicz may have been the most overlooked of the four men entering the two championship bouts at UFC 253 on Saturday, being largely overshadowed by opponent Dominick Reyes.

It's now unlikely anyone will overlook Blachowicz after the Polish powerhouse won the vacant light heavyweight championship with a brutal knockout in the co-main event from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Reyes, who entered the night as a sizable favorite after a controversial decision loss to former longtime champion Jon Jones in February, never got any offense going as Blachowicz showed his power early. In Round 1, Blachowicz landed a powerful left kick to the body of Reyes, leaving a dark red and purple bruise on Reyes' side. Reyes tried to force the action in Round 2, starting to come forward with more punches and kicks, but Blachowicz showed little fear of engaging in flurries with his taller opponent. Then, slightly more than four minutes into the second round, Blachowicz unloaded an overhand left that immediately took Reyes' legs.

Reyes stumbled before falling to the canvas and Blachowicz pounced. A series of punches later, the referee called off the fight and Blachowicz kicked off a new era in the 205-pound division. Speaking after his victory, the new champion said he only had one thing on his mind. "I don't know, only one that is on my mind," Blachowicz said. Jones recently vacated the light heavyweight title after dominating the division for nearly a decade, deciding it was time for a long-awaited move to the heavyweight division after nearly losing the belt to Reyes.

Santos could now be the next man up for Blachowicz, though he has not fought since a July 2019 split decision loss to Jones. "It's been a long journey for me, sometimes I was on the top, then I lose a couple fights, but I never stop believing in my skills, in my power. Here I am, the champion," Blachowicz said after the fight. I saw that my left kick to his body, that he slowed down a little bit. In the second round when I broke his nose, I knew that the finish will be soon. Jan Blachowicz, UFC light heavyweight champion. But the Poland-based competitor is in fact the new UFC light heavyweight champion after finishing Dominick Reyes in the co-feature bout of UFC 253 on Saturday. Blachowicz (27-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) was composed from the outset and looked a step faster than his younger opponent. "Jon Jones, where are you?" Blachowicz said. Reyes tagged Blachowicz with a left in the bout's opening seconds and briefly knocked him off balance, but it turned out to be his only real moment of there fight. Blachowicz turned up the heat soon thereafter, and as he slowed Reyes pace with combos of punches which were followed up with pinpoint left kicks to the ribs. Blachowicz handily won the opening round, and by the time Reyes came out for the second, his right rib cage resembled raw steak. A straight right appeared to break Reyes' nose, and seconds later, a left hand left Reyes involuntarily breakdancing. Blachowicz pounced as Reyes hit the mat and Kevin Sataki waved things off. "This is nothing new for me," Blachowicz said. With his 18th career finish, Blachowicz has won four straight bouts and eight in his past nine. Reyes has lost two in a row, both light heavyweight title fights.The vacant light heavyweight title bout was the UFC 253 co-main event at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. A man who got off to a 2-4 start in the UFC is the new light heavyweight champion. However, McGregor is still very much a fan of the game and often lends his support towards athletes before a big event. The same was the case as Conor McGregor took to Instagram to promote his Irish Whiskey proper No.12, while also showing his support for the fighters fighting tonight. Conor McGregor lends his support to Israel Adesanya In his recent Instagram post, McGregor said, "What's up all you proper animals. In the post, Conor went on to lend his support to fellow Paradigm sport management athlete Israel Adesanya. The post said, "This has a fight of the year potential, and will be a legendary main event. I'm pulling for you brother." The second slide of the post showed a poster for the upcoming fight between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor himself. The Irish superstar had recently announced that he would fight boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao. As for fellow Paradigm sport management star, Israel Adesanya he will aim to defend his belt for the second time.