‘Finally Someone Older Than Me’- UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz Opens Up on His Next Opponent Glover Teixeira

Published 03/11/2021, 10:04 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates his win over Luke Rockhold in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Jan Blachowicz successfully defended his light-heavyweight title for the first time at UFC 259 against UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. The Polish fighter proved that he is the main man in the 205lbs division. But Blachowicz is past his victory already and has already started looking at his potential next challenger in Glover Teixeira.

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Teixeira is currently on a 5-fight winning streak in the light-heavyweight division. His last 2 wins have come over former title challengers in Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos, respectively. The 41-year-old Brazilian is looking to get another crack at UFC gold. He has previously challenged Jon Jones at UFC 172 in 2013 and lost a decision.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani about his potential next fight, the current champion Blachowicz said, “He’s got a lot of experience. He’s older than me. Finally someone older than me. Big experience, great jiu-jitsu, good boxing.”

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“It’s gonna be good fight. He’s much better fighter than he was couple of years ago. Now he knows how to train. He’s not young anymore. He needs to train little bit different way and smarter way. That is sometimes better for you. So, it’s gonna be a good fight,” added the Polish fighter.

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)

Blachowicz won the 205lbs belt by defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 253. The 38-year-old has finally established himself as the best light-heavyweight on the planet. He had a troubled start to his UFC career as his promotional record was 2-4 at a point. But he has picked up the pace since and won 9 out of his next 10 fights.

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Blachowicz came out mostly unscathed of his fight against ‘Stylebender‘. One can expect him to be back in action after serving the mandatory medical suspension. And at 38, he doesn’t have much time left. So, he will look to make the most of that opportunity.

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RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO – FEBRUARY 15: Jan Blachowicz of Poland walks to the Octagon prior to his light heavyweight bout against Corey Anderson 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)

And he has a worthy opponent yet again in fellow veteran Teixeira. The Brazilian is also making a last run for the UFC title. So, it will be a great fight once finalized.

What did you make of Jan Blachowicz‘s assessment of Glover Teixeira? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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