MMA Fighter of the Week: Jan Blachowicz
By Dan McConnell
MMA fans were spoilt this past week with action coming from Bellator, Cage Warriors and the UFC all packed together over the space of three days.
At Cage Warriors, Mason ‘The Dragon’ Jones became the first double-weight champion since Conor McGregor.
The Welshman secured a first round TKO victory over Adam Proctor, and surely secured his ticket to the UFC.
However, it was this weekend’s UFC co-main event that caught my attention. A matchup between Dominic Reyes and Jan Blachowicz which would crown the new UFC light-heavyweight champion.
Going into this one, Reyes produced a stunning performance last time out against former champ Jon Jones. There wasn’t much hype for his opponent though, who has been a sleeping giant in the 205-pound division.
The 37-year old Blachowicz was coming into this one in red-hot form. Three wins over Luke Rockhold, Jacare Souza and Corey Anderson elevated the Polish strikers stock and awarded him a title shot at the vacant strap.
A smashing second round TKO win over Reyes this Saturday night at Fight Island proved why the former KSW champion is nowhere near the exit point of his career.
Blachowicz made his UFC debut in October 2014, and has gone 7-4 within the promotion. A KO loss to Thiago Santos in 2019 was a watershed moment for the Pole.
Three impressive KO wins in his last four contests crowned the latest European UFC champion and showed the talent the region has to offer.
Dominick Reyes is the 7th title challenger this year to get his shot coming off a loss.
Other names include Daniel Cormier, Yoel Romero, Max Holloway, Dominick Cruz, Jose Aldo and Joseph Benavidez, every single one of those fighters suffered a further reversal in their title opportunities.