After a rocky start in the UFC, Jan Blachowicz managed to turn things around and rightfully hold the light heavyweight title against all odds. While he has earned his well-deserved place in the combat world, it was surely a difficult journey with many setbacks.
In the beginning, many people did not believe in him, but he kept up his hard work and continued working on his skills. Nonetheless, Joanna Jedrzejczyk was his avid supporter. She rooted for him ahead of his maiden UFC title fight on Fight Island.
RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO – FEBRUARY 15: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates his KO victory over Corey Anderson in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Santa Ana Star Center on February 15, 2020 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Jedrzejczyk and Blachowicz, who have known each other for almost two decades, offer mutual support to each other.
In a chat with SCMP, Joanna said, “He was supposed to fight for his belt so many times, and I feel like he’s ready. I know he’s ready. He’s been training so hard. It’s been a while since he fought last, but I think it’s the time. I wish he was fighting Jon Jones, but the fight with Reyes is going to be a very interesting match-up, a very tough fight for both of them.” (h/t BloodyElbow)
In an interview, speaking about the support he received from Jedrzejczyk, ‘The Polish Power’ said, “It’s amazing, you know. I know Joanna a long time. She supports me every time when I fight; I support her.”
Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s reaction to Jan Blachowicz winning the title
Blachowicz faced the powerful Dominick Reyes at UFC 253 and won via a knockout. The 38-year-old Pole became the first fighter apart from Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier to hold the 205 lbs title since 2011. Jon Jones had previously dropped his light heavyweight title to compete in the heavyweight division.
When Blachowicz won the light heavyweight title, Jedrzejczyk could not contain her happiness and had the sweetest reaction.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk was pumped for Jan Blachowicz’s victory at #UFC253
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 27, 2020
She also wrote on Twitter to congratulate her fellow Polish fighter.
— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) September 27, 2020
It is great to see such mutual respect and support among both the Polish fighters and friends.
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Jedrzejczyk hasn’t been in the octagon for a while. Her last fight was against Zhang Weili at UFC 248. Even though Jedrzejczyk lost to ‘Magnum’, this fight is remembered as one of her best performances.
When Jedrzejczyk returns to the octagon, it would be rather interesting to see Blachowicz support her. What do you think about this comradeship? Let us know in the comments below.
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