Gentle heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz is decided to determine his title as one of many fiercest fighters within the MMA world by defeating middleweight titleholder Israel Adesanya at Final Preventing Championship (UFC) 259 in Nevada on Saturday.
Nevertheless, Blachowicz has nothing however respect for his Nigerian opponent. The 38-year-old blended martial artist feels he needs to be cautious whereas executing plans throughout his first title defence within the UFC.
“I am blissful to face Adesanya as a result of he is among the best fighters on this planet. He is very well-known. After I beat him, I can change into the largest star within the UFC. I’ll attempt my standup expertise on him. I understand how to make use of wrestling. I am a jiu-jitsu black belt, so if I’ve a possibility to take him down, I’ll do this,” he instructed Sportstar.
“I’ve obtained good sparring companions, with type and footwork just like Izzy. I believe I will be prepared for every thing that he is obtained for me. I need to put strain on him, push him to a nook often and hit laborious. I’ve obtained a few plans, and I imagine a kind of will work. After I visualize the bout in my head, I knock him out within the second spherical.”
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Blachowicz is undeterred by the underdog tag positioned on him forward of the upcoming predominant occasion in Vegas.
“I am all the time the underdog. For those who verify all my fights, simply a few times, I wasn’t the underdog. So, I am used to that. If you wish to win some cash, simply guess on me. We are able to rejoice collectively afterwards. I do not care in regards to the odds,” he mentioned.
A number of UFC followers anticipated Blachowicz to face Jon Jones for the sunshine heavyweight belt after his victory over Corey Anderson in February 2020. However with Jones transferring up a division, the Polish star took on Dominick Reyes for the vacant title, which he claimed at UFC 253.
Blachowicz is at present not thinking about going through Jones as a result of he desires to dominate his division. However he claimed that he may transfer to the heavyweight class and cross paths with Jones in future.
“I do not know why Jones would not need to struggle me. He promised me a title bout after I knocked out Anderson, however he moved to heavyweight. I do not take into consideration Jones anymore. He’s now an issue for heavyweight guys. However I imagine that after two years, I may additionally go to heavyweight and meet up with him over there. We’ll see how that works out,” he added.
Earlier than Blachowicz took the belt, there had been solely two Gentle Heavyweight champions in UFC since Jones’ triumph in 2011, with the opposite being Daniel Cormier.
The division is stacked proper now, because the likes of Glover Teixeira, Thiago Santos, Reyes, Aleksandar Rakic and Jiri Prochazka are vying for title alternatives. Blachowicz is wanting ahead to taking up all of them.
“There are many good guys in my division. I must be prepared for everyone. We have Rakic and Santos at UFC 259. We’ll see who wins that struggle. Then there’s Reyes towards Prochazka. For certain, the following in line is Teixeira. To start with, I’ve to beat Adesanya. After that, I’d take into consideration my subsequent step.
“I would like a rematch towards everyone who beat me earlier than. I’ve by no means misplaced a rematch. I had three of these in my profession and received all. So, I may struggle Santos or Alexander Gustafsson and get a win again. I am the champion, and I’ve obtained many opponents to select from,” he signed off.
|Watch UFC 259 – Blachowicz vs Adesanya on March 7, 2021, LIVE on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten three channels from eight:30 AM IST.|