Is Jan Blachowicz a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Published 10/18/2021, 9:09 AM 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)|GettyImages


Jan Blachowicz is arguably one of the best fighters UFC has seen. With a knack for continuously improving and adapting, he won the light heavyweight belt and surprised the world. From saving his failing UFC career back in 2017 to becoming a champion in 2020, Blachowicz has proved that he has the spirit and mentality of a fighter.

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The Polish native is an exceptional fighter with a record of 28 wins and 8 losses. His 28 wins include 8 by knockout, 9 by submissions, and 11 by decisions. Most of the losses he suffered were in his early career. After getting his fighting career on track, he has lost just one fight which was against Thiago Santos at UFC 145. However, post this loss, Blachowicz has enjoyed a five-fight win streak. 

His great performance can be attributed to his fighting style as well as his years of experience. The Polish fighter has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is known for his dangerous grappling skills. He has finished many fights with a rear-naked choke.

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His expertise as a mixed martial artist comes from training in various fight styles. While he specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he started out with Judo. Later on, he experimented with other styles.

In a recent Tweet, Blachowicz Tweeted a post-training with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert, Braulio Estima. Estima used to be one of the top competitors of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the 2000s. Thus, Blachowicz’s constant need to perfect his skills is something that sets him apart from his competitors.

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Jan Blachowicz vs Glover Teixeira at UFC 267

Blachowicz won the light heavyweight belt by defeating Dominick Reyes. He also managed to retain the title by defeating the middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya. At UFC 267 on October 30, Blachowicz will face Glover Teixeira to defend the title.

The Brazilian fighter has a fight record of 32 wins and 7 losses. He too will enter the octagon with a five-fight winning streak. Interestingly, the 41-year-old fighter also has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is quite comfortable delivering rear-naked chokes.

With both the fighters being so similar in their styles, it would surely be an exhilarating fight to watch. Speaking about his upcoming fight against Glover, Blachowicz said, “I’m excited. He’s a good fighter, lots of experience. He’s older than me (laughs). A really, really good fighter with lots of experience, with amazing jiu-jitsu, with really good wrestling, good boxing style. And also, I think he’s gonna be the best version of himself in this fight, because maybe this is going to be his last chance for the title. Maybe also one of the last fights in his career. I think he’s gonna do everything to beat me and I have to be ready for this. So I am excited.”

 

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The opportunity of watching two great fighters brawl for the light heavyweight belt will certainly be a crowd puller. Both being equally skilled, charged, and ready for the fight, fans can only hope for the better among the two to win. 

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Who do you think will win this upcoming fight? Will Blachowicz successfully defend the title for the second time or will Teixeira knock away the title? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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