Glover Teixeira Predicts Jan Blachowicz Vs. Magomed Ankalaev

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira is excited to see how Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev plays out. Teixeira was supposed to face Ji?í Procházka in an immediate title rematch at UFC 282 on December 10th. But, Procházka withdrew d…

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira is excited to see how Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev plays out. Teixeira was supposed to face Ji?í Procházka in an immediate title rematch at UFC 282 on December 10th. But, Procházka withdrew due to a serious shoulder injury, and the UFC was forced to scramble to save…

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Jan Blachowicz believes Israel Adesanya ‘is never gonna beat’ Alex Pereira

Israel AdesanyaAlex Pereira may simply be the guy that has Israel Adesanya’s number. After defeating ‘The Last Stylebender’ on two separate occasions under the GLORY Kickboxing banner, Alex Pereira opted to follow Adesanya to Las Vegas, signing with the UFC and going on a 3-0 run before finding himself matched up once again with Adesanya. After […]

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Alex Pereira may simply be the guy that has Israel Adesanya’s number.

After defeating ‘The Last Stylebender’ on two separate occasions under the GLORY Kickboxing banner, Alex Pereira opted to follow Adesanya to Las Vegas, signing with the UFC and going on a 3-0 run before finding himself matched up once again with Adesanya. After their middleweight title main event was in the books, UFC fans were introduced to a new world champion and Israel Adesanya was left with that old familiar feeling. Pereira scored his fourth win inside the Octagon with a shocking fifth-round knockout to capture the 185-pound title at UFC 282 last month, leaving Adesanya and his fans devastated.

Talk of an immediate rematch is still ever-present, but some, including former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz, are convinced that ‘Stylebender’ will never score a victory over Alex Pereira. In an interview with Helen Yee, Blachowicz said:

“I think that Alex Pereira is that guy that Izzy is never gonna beat. He lost against him three times, but he was close in this fight in MMA. So if he changes a little bit of the game plan…it’s hard to say.”

Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya Are No Strangers to One Another

To be fair, Adesanya was cruising to a guaranteed unanimous decision victory, but with three minutes to go, Pereira kicked it into overdrive, knowing exactly what needed to happen. After a barrage of unanswered strikes that had the former champion reeling, referee Marc Goddard stepped in, calling for the stoppage and crowning a new middleweight king in the process.

Of course, Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz are no strangers to one another. The two squared off for the light heavyweight title at UFC 259 in March 2021. Blachowicz handed ‘Izzy’ his first defeat inside the Octagon, retaining his title in the process. ‘Polish Power’ would go on to lose that title seven months later to Glover Teixeira.

In a twist of fate, Jan Blachowicz will have the chance to become a two-time light heavyweight champion at UFC 282 on December 10th. With the title vacated by former champion Jiri Prochazka, Blachowicz will square off with No. 3 ranked contender Magomed Ankalaev to crown a new king of the 205-pound division.

Jan Blachowicz: Israel Adesanya Will Never Be Able To Beat Alex Pereira

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz feels his former opponent Israel Adesanya won’t be able to defeat Alex Pereira. Blachowicz will face Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 282 later this month. He …

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz feels his former opponent Israel Adesanya won’t be able to defeat Alex Pereira. Blachowicz will face Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 282 later this month. He returns following an injury stoppage win over Aleksandar Raki? earlier this year. Before losing the title…

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Jan Blachowicz reacts to being bumped up to a title fight at UFC 282: “I was the last to know”

Jan BlachowiczJan Blachowicz has revealed he was the last person to be notified when it became announced he would be once again fighting for the light heavyweight belt at UFC 282. A long-term injury is set to keep former champion Jiri Prochazka side-lined for an extended period of time and therefore the Czech native has respectfully […]

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Jan Blachowicz has revealed he was the last person to be notified when it became announced he would be once again fighting for the light heavyweight belt at UFC 282.

A long-term injury is set to keep former champion Jiri Prochazka side-lined for an extended period of time and therefore the Czech native has respectfully offered to relinquish his title to allow the division to continue on without him.

Therefore, taking his and Glover Texeira’s place in the main event will be the originally scheduled co-main event of Jan Blachowicz vs Magomed Ankalaev. For Blachowicz this is an opportunity for redemption as he aims to re-acquire the belt he lost to the aforementioned Brazilian, Teixeira, at UFC 267.

Ankalaev however will have his first opportunity at becoming the light heavyweight champion with many touting him as one of the greatest talents in the 205-pound division.

Jan Blachowicz Speaks On His Late Title Opportunity at UFC 282

News broke of the injury to Prochazka only two days ago with the promotion quickly moving in its I new direction. One-half of the new main event, Jan Blachowicz, has recently revealed he was one of the last people to know of this rescheduling as he was on his way to Las Vegas when the alteration was announced.

“So we just arrived to Vegas yesterday in the evening. So, today is the first training. Get acclimated, used to the weather, and happy because title shot, main event. Amazing. That was crazy because I didn’t know anything, I was on the plane for ten hours. I was the last person know that my fight will be for the title. So I wish Jiri a very fast recovery. But, it is what it is. We’ve got the title shot, so perfect, I’m happy,” Blachowicz said. (Transcribed by BJPenn.com)

Despite being the last to know about his opportunity to become a world champion once again it comes as no surprise that the Polish powerhouse was delighted once he found out.

Nothing changes for Jan Blachowicz in terms of opponent, fight card, date, or location however, as we build into UFC 282 the stakes are now as high as they possibly could be.

Who do you think will become the new light heavyweight world champion following UFC 282?

Ji?í Procházka, Glover Teixeira, & The UFC Address UFC 282 Cancellation

Ji?í Procházka, Glover Teixeira, and the UFC have all commented on the recent changes made to the UFC 282 main event. The MMA world was left stunned by the recent announcement that Procházka, who was set to defend his light heavyweight title in a remat…

Ji?í Procházka, Glover Teixeira, and the UFC have all commented on the recent changes made to the UFC 282 main event. The MMA world was left stunned by the recent announcement that Procházka, who was set to defend his light heavyweight title in a rematch against Texeira at UFC 282, had severely injured his shoulder…

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Dana White comments on Jiri Prochazka shoulder injury: ‘It’s the worst shoulder injury, it’s really f*cking bad’

Jiri ProchazkaUFC president, Dana White has confirmed promotional light heavyweight champion, Jiri Prochazka has been forced from his scheduled UFC 282 title defense rematch with Glover Teixeira due to a significant shoulder injury, describing the setback as the worst shoulder injury doctor’s under the UFC banner have ever seen.  Initially scheduled to take main event honors […]

Jiri Prochazka

UFC president, Dana White has confirmed promotional light heavyweight champion, Jiri Prochazka has been forced from his scheduled UFC 282 title defense rematch with Glover Teixeira due to a significant shoulder injury, describing the setback as the worst shoulder injury doctor’s under the UFC banner have ever seen. 

Initially scheduled to take main event honors at UFC 282 later this month in a championship rematch against Teixeira, Prochazka has since been forced from the fight on December 10. against the Brazilian, electing to officially relinquish his light heavyweight title to boot.

As a result, former champion, Polish contender, Jan Blachowicz will now headline the end-of-year flagship event against Russina challenger, Magomed Ankalaev in a vacant title fight.

Dana White praises Jiri Prochazka’s decision to vacate the light heavyweight crown

Confirming Jiri Prochazka will require upwards of a year in order to rehabilitate his shoulder injury, the aforenoted, White described the injury as the worst shoulder trauma UFC doctor’s have ever experienced.

“This is the worst shoulder injury the doctors have seen in UFC history,” Dana White told Yahoo! Sports reporter, Kevin Iole. “It’s really f*cking bad. His (Jiri Prochazka) shoulder is very, very bad. He’s going to have serious surgery that will require extensive rehab.”

“We met with Jiri last night and listen, this guy is one of the classiest humans of all-time,” White continued. “He is such a warrior and was so bummed out. He brought up stepping aside to us before we ever got there. He’s going to be out a long time and at some point, we would probably have had to strip him. But he brought it up to us and said out of respect for the other fighters, he didn’t want to hold up the division. Le me tell you, that kid’s a stud, man, to react like that.”

White then confirmed how former champion, Teixeira was offered a vacant title fight against the aforenoted, Ankalaev in lieu of Jiri Prochazka’s withdrawal, which he ultimately rejected.

“We offered Glover the fight [against Magomed Ankalaev],” White explained. “For some reason, he didn’t want the fight, so we had to move on. If we couldn’t have the rematch, getting Ankalaev, who has the second-longest winning streak in light heavyweight history, and (Jan) Blachowicz, who is the former champion, is really fortunate. It all fell into place for us as it often seems to do. But that’s a great fight, too, and now it’s for the full title.”