Polish powerhouse, Jan Błachowicz turned up to produce a powerful performance packed with great exchanges, but sadly saw an ending that shocked the world. The main event of UFC Vegas 54 held great promise, and the bout offered great action right until the unfortunate knee injury in the third round. This caused Aleksandar Rakic to concede the fight, awarding the former champion tko victory.
With this victory, the polish mixed martial artist has cemented his place as the no 1 contender. The division will see witness the reigning champion Glover Teixeira defend his title against Jiri Prochazka at UFC 275, and the winner will probably face the polish mixed martial artist.
Jan Błachowicz to undergo surgery following victory at UFC Vegas 54
Błachowicz stated that he is ready to rematch for the light heavyweight title and this win makes him the number 1 contender. However, Rakic wasn’t the only one who suffered an injury as the former champion shed light on numerous hurdles he had to face. Right from having his car stolen to falling ill, all was simply not well in the polish camp.
In the post-fight interview, he was quizzed about his injury, he said,” It’s okay, but I have a small surgery on Monday on this eye. Maybe gonna be small, maybe gonna be bigger, he don’t know yet, he need to you know check in the hospital everything.”
Błachowicz also clarified that he walked into the fight with an eye injury that first opened up during a sparring session. The striking exchanges in the first round certainly opened it up once again, leaving him impaired.
Glover Teixeira calls for a rematch with Jan Błachowicz
Teixeira promised to reward the 39-year-old mixed martial artist with a rematch if he wins. It looks like Blachowicz has managed to cross that bridge and is all up to Teixeira can do the same, then a rematch will be on the cards. The reigning kingpin of the division stated that he is rooting for his former rival and promises to win his bout at UFC 275.
Let’s go @JanBlachowicz Win tonight…and I’ll win Jun 11…then we run it back
— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) May 15, 2022
In the first outing, the 43-year-old Brazilian proved to be just a superior grappler as he earned a second-round submission. Błachowicz would love to right that wrong as he now claims his place as the number 1 contender.
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