‘Sorry Glover I Have to Knock You Out’- Jan Blachowicz Says He Will Retire Glover Teixeira From UFC

Published 06/02/2021, 10:42 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)


UFC champion Jan Blachowicz spoke to Submission Radio ahead of his title defense that is slated for UFC 266. The Polish champion will take on veteran divisional contender Glover Teixeira who has put in a late-career run. Teixeira has gone through some heavy hitters and finally finds himself in a spot to challenge for gold.

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Glover Teixeira fought Jon Jones back at UFC 172 and was battered in a unanimous decision loss to ‘Bones’. Since then, he lost some clinical match-ups, and it seemed like his time at the top was all but done. However, the 41-year-old has put together an incredibly resilient 5-fight win streak, two of those coming against former champions.

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How will Jan Blachowicz vs Glover Teixeira play out?

Jan Blachowicz candidly spoke on his perception of Glover Teixeira’s game plan when they finally square off. Additionally, Blachowicz has a lot of respect for what Teixeira has accomplished and would gladly be his potential retirement fight. Despite the respect he felt towards the Brazilian veteran, Jan Blachowicz wasn’t going to lose sight of the ultimate goal.

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)

Blachowicz said, “It’s not a secret, I think he will try to take me down and control me on the ground, finish fight on the ground and my game plan will be to keep fighting stand-up and try to knock him out. I will try to do this, defend his takedowns, watch out for his boxing skills but if he tries to take me down I will try to stand up. My Jiu-Jitsu is really good so I will not panic if I get a chance to submit him, I will try to do this… It will be a pleasure for me to do his last fight in his life with me. So, I do the best fight I can to give it to him but ‘Sorry Glover, I have to knock you out.’ It’s not my problem.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 07: (R-L) Glover Teixeira of Brazil takes down Thiago Santos of Brazil in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The aforementioned match-up between the two established veterans is competitive from several dimensions of the game. Blachowicz’s thunderous power and Teixeira’s grappling prowess provide the perfect narrative balance heading into the fight. Furthermore, the mutual respect both men have for each other is certainly a welcome change as well.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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