“I’m Going to Knock Him Out”- Jan Blachowicz Prepared to Be the Underdog Again Against Glover Teixeira

Published 09/10/2021, 12:39 PM EDT
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 looks to make his second title defense against a revitalized Glover Teixeira at UFC 267. Blachowicz is coming off a unanimous decision victory against the undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, in his first title defense.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

On the other hand, Glover Teixeira is on a five-fight win streak with four finishes against the likes of Anthony Smith and, most recently, Thiago Santos. The Brazilian native seems to have found a second wind in his career. At age of 41, Teixeira gets to fight for the title seven years after his first attempt against Jon Jones.

Nevertheless, Jan Blachowicz, who is also on a five-fight win streak, is confident in his Polish power. The 38-year-old is undoubtedly in the prime of his career and has looked unstoppable since 2019.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Jan Blachowicz gave his take on the upcoming fight with Glover Teixeira. Giving Teixeira due credit for his resurgence, Blachowicz made the following prediction;

“We’ll see after the fight, you know. But yeah, he’s got lots of experience, many fights. He’s got everything. He knows how to fight in stand-up. Jiu-jitsu is high level. So I have to be ready for everything. But we will see you now. I believe that I’m going to knock him out. I do everything I can do to knock him out, but I have to be ready for a really tough, tough fight. As I said before, this could be his maybe last title fight chase. So, that’s gonna be the best Glover ever. So, I have to also be the best Jan Blachowicz ever.”   


Jan Blachowicz has proven to be a meticulous and calculated fighter in the recent past. His counter striking ability paired with his thunderous punching power makes him a nightmare match-up for the best in the division.

Jan Blachowicz on being an underdog in the UFC

Jan Blachowicz has had his share of naysayers on the way to becoming a UFC champion. The Polish native has been an underdog in most of his high-profile fights, including the one against Luke Rockhold and Israel Adesanya.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 15: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates his submission victory over Nikita Krylov of Ukraine in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Olimpiysky Arena on September 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

That might not be the case this time around, however, when asked if he gave any consideration to the fact that he might not be an underdog in a fight for the first time in a while, this was the champion’s response;

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“I don’t care. That I’m underdog or not. I have to focus on my opponent. And I don’t think what people say on the internet. I just focus on my job. You don’t get any injuries, you do a good training camp. This is most important thing for me.” 

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting matchups at light heavyweight this year, Jan Blachowicz vs Glover Teixeira has all the ingredients to become an instant classic.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

What do you think? Who takes this one? Let us know in the comments.

Watch This Story: Five Moments of Nick Diaz Being an Absolute Savage

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

David Andrew

144 articles

David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT