27 September 2020 14:36
Jan Blachowicz is the UFC's newest champion, winning the vacant light heavyweight title after victory over Domonick Reyes. Blachowicz's power was the key difference between himself and Reyes. After the win, he challenged the division's former champion Jon Jones to return to the 205-pound weight class. It all went down during the co-main event on Fight Island, the first event of the UFC's second residency inside a quarantined bubble on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Jan Blachowicz challenged Jon Jones to return to the light heavyweight division after winning the UFC title with a knockout performance on Fight Island.
Blachowicz won the championship belt in the 205-pound weight class after his impressive power was one of the keys to success over Dominick Reyes at the behind-closed-doors UFC 253 show on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. It is the second Fight Island-branded festival as the UFC returns to the United Arab Emirates after a wildly successful four-event run over three weeks in July. Now it's back at the Flash Forum with UFC 253, the first of five events in a near six-week residency, and multiple fighters created headlines because of their performances on Saturday, September 26. Blachowicz was crowned the new light heavyweight champion with a blistering finishing sequence, approximately 45 seconds before the end of the second round. After Reyes fired a kick at Blachowicz's head, the Polish puncher retaliated with a flurry of shots — a three punch combo followed by another two, with the final blow during a stand-up back-and-forth being a leg-buckling left hook.
Blachowicz said he sensed the ending as soon as he felt he had broken Reyes' nose. "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. Blachowicz challenged the former champion Jon Jones to a title fight Blachowicz with his new belt. Blachowicz gave his post-match interview in the Octagon, the Polish flag draped over his shoulders, and the UFC belt wrapped around his waist.
He immediately called-out Jon Jones. The American former champion had reigned supreme, on-and-off for the entire decade prior to vacating the title earlier in the summer. But Blachowicz challenged him to return to the division. "When I'm back to roots with my old coach, I only lost one fight. "This is something that I prepared if I won, so I had a few words for Jon Jones, so I just say it. I hope that he watched the fight and that he cuts his weight again and that we meet at 205." Apparently interested in the bout, Jones responded on Twitter by saying: "Would you guys be annoyed if I went back and grabbed my belt real quick?" Israel Adesanya cut Paulo Costa, ground-and-pound him on the floor, then pretended to hump him after his knockout win A photo from Fight Island shows the horrible, lasting effects a brutal, well-timed, body kick can have on a championship fighter Manny Pacquiao's representative said Conor McGregor might have been hitting the whiskey when he tweeted that they'd fight soon British fighter Cameron Else has signed with the UFC and will make his debut on Fight Island For the first time in more than nine years, the UFC has a light heavyweight champion not named Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier. Poland's Jan Błachowicz, though, is not the man that most expected to take possession of the title at UFC 253. However, few will underestimate him again following the manner of his victory against Dominick Reyes on Saturday night. The 37-year-old Błachowicz was a considerable betting underdog heading into his bout with Reyes for the vacant championship on Fight Island - and it was easy to understand why. The 34-fight veteran had tasted defeat no less than eight times in his career and Reyes would have been deemed a step up in competition compared to some of those Błachowicz had lost to. Reyes had been undefeated prior to his contentious points loss to former champion Jones at UFC 247 back in February. After Jones vacated the 205-pound championship in favour of a move to heavyweight, Reyes was widely tipped to lift the title that many felt should have been his earlier in the year. Refusing to let Reyes settle, Błachowicz blasted his rival with kicks to the body, whilst mixing in punches to the head on occasion. Whilst Reyes had his own small pockets of success in the first round, he was clearly showing the wounds of war by the end of the second - as a large welt had formed on his side from Błachowicz's repeated body kicks. Far worse was to come for Reyes in the second round too. Following a fairly even start, Błachowicz really began to put some venom into his strikes towards the end of the round. In the midst of unleashing a vicious combination, Błachowicz landed a straight right hand that smeared Reyes' nose across his face. All thoughts of championship glory soon evaporated for Reyes after he was caught with a stiff counter left hand. Błachowicz needed no second invitation to attack, quickly wading in with heavy ground and pound, and leaving the referee with no choice but to stop the contest at 4:36 of round two. It was, without doubt, the defining performance of Błachowicz's career and he wasted little time calling out former champion Jones following his victory. At the current time, though, we have no concrete idea as to who Błachowicz could face next. One man that it will not be, however, is Dominick Reyes. Reyes was left so badly hurt by Błachowicz that he could not even stand for the post-fight decision - and was later revealed to have suffered a significant rib injury. The Jan Błachowicz era has begun in the UFC light heavyweight division. In the co-main event of UFC 253, Jan Blachowicz stopped Dominick Reyes in the second round to become the new UFC light heavyweight champion. What was the high point of the fight? Blachowicz came out aggressive in the first round and was throwing more strikes than Reyes. "The Devastator" was still having his moments in the first round too, landing some good leg kicks and catching Blachowicz off guard with a hard one-two. Reyes didn't improve after a tentative first round, and it continued to be Blachowicz who would be the more active fighter. Midway through the round Blachowicz landed a few hard hooks to the head of Reyes and he fell to the canvas, and after some follow-up shots whilst he was on the ground the referee stopped the fight giving Blachowicz the second round TKO victory. It's a huge win for Blachowicz, who at the age of 37 has become a UFC champion for the first ever time in his career. There aren't a lengthy list of contenders at 205-pounds who deserve a title shot next, so maybe Blachowicz should wait for the winner of Thiago Santos vs. The loss for Reyes means that he has now missed out on the 205-pound title in his last two fights. It's a bitter pill to swallow for Reyes as he looked so good in his wins before the losses. Teixeira fight makes sense for him next. Blachowicz evidenced the "Polish Power" he has long talked about in the finish, watch it now. Former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones vacated the 205-pound title on August 17 to pursue a title run in the heavyweight division. On Saturday, the UFC crowned a new champion. Former title challenger Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz fought for the vacant belt in the UFC 253 co-main event at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi and resulted in the second Polish-born fighter winning UFC gold. The two were cautious in the opening round respecting each other's finishing ability. Reyes mounted a kicking heavy offense while Blachowicz pressed forward with combinations and targeted Reyes' body with kicks. Blachowicz outworked Reyes in the round nearly doubling Reyes' output. The pace picked up in the second round. Reyes came out aggressive and the two started exchanging inside the pocket. Late in the frame, Blachowicz exploded forward with a combination. Reyes returned fire but was hit with a counter left hand during the exchange. Blachowicz forced the referee to step in with follow-up strikes. The official time of the stoppage was 4:36 of the second round. 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