BREAKING: Jan Blachowicz Defends the Light Heavyweight Title Against Glover Teixeira at UFC 266

Published 04/14/2021, 11:25 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates after defeating Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC light heavyweight belt will be up for grabs again. Dana White announced that the champion, Jan Blachowicz, would defend his title against Glover Teixeira. This will be his second title defense after he defended his belt against Israel Adesanya.

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ESPN MMA posted the announcement on Instagram on their page. They also revealed that the UFC would hold the fight on the fourth of September for the main event of UFC 266. Additionally, this will be the third time that the light heavyweight title is in contention within a year.

However, things weren’t always like this, and the division was in danger of stagnation. The former champion, Jon Jones, had defended his title 13 times. He had beaten everybody in his path and was looking invincible. Therefore, when he announced that he was moving up to heavyweight, things started looking up for the UFC.

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The UFC announced that Jones’s last opponent, Dominick Reyes, would fight Polish powerhouse, Jan Blachowicz, for the title. The fight was set up to be a good one, and Reyes was the favorite. He had pushed Jones to the limit in their fight and almost won it.

However, Blachowicz had other plans, and dominated the contest from start to finish. He used his entire arsenal of kicks and punches to defeat Reyes via knockout in the second round. It was a statement win from a man who looked like a true champion.

Jan Blachowicz and his second title defense against Israel Adesanya

Blachowicz didn’t stop there and stepped into the hardest fight of his career against Israel Adesanya. ‘The Last Stylebender’ was moving up from middleweight and wanted to join the elite club of fighters who had held belts in multiple weight classes.

However, it was not to be as Blachowicz dominated this fight too. There was some controversy around the final scores of the judges, but nobody had any doubts that the Polish powerhouse had won this fight. Interestingly, Blachowicz overpowered Adesanya on the ground with his wrestling and took the fight away from him.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates after defeating Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

His next fight against Glover Teixeira seems pretty far away right now. However, the fans would happily wait for him as he is an entertaining fighter with a great personality.

Do you think Glover Teixeira can beat Jan Blachowicz?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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