Jan Błachowicz

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Jan Błachowicz
Jan Błachowicz in the ring celebrating vitory with his right hand in the air.
Born Jan Błachowicz
(1983-02-24) February 24, 1983 (age 34)
Cieszyn, Poland
Other names Prince of Cieszyn
Residence Poznań, Poland
Nationality Polish
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 78.0 in (198 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Poznań, Poland
Team Ankos Zapasy Poznań
Alliance MMA
Throwdown Training Center
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 19
By knockout 5
By submission 7
By decision 7
Losses 7
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 2015-03-22

Jan "The Prince of Cieszyn" Błachowicz (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjan bwaxɔvit͡ʂ]; born February 24, 1983) is a Polish professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2007, Błachowicz has also formerly competed for KSW and is the former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

KSW[edit]

Błachowicz entered in KSWs inaugural <95 kg (209 lb) Tournament at KSW 9. Defeating three opponents in one night, Błachowicz was able to claim the tournament crown. His first opponent was Martin Zawada, who he defeated by unanimous decision. Błachowicz was able to defeat his next two opponents by armbar, including the notable opponent Antoni Chmielewski.[3]

Błachowicz went on to defeat Christian M'Pumbu four months later via armbar, before defeating previously unbeaten Maro Perak in December 2008.

Looking to expand his horizons after a very successful year 2008, Błachowicz accepted the invitation of Tomasz Drwal and joined him at the Throwdown Training Center in San Diego for a few months. He agreed to temporarily fight at Heavyweight, against Lloyd Marshbanks under the War Gods banner, but the event was cancelled. Despite suffering a serious knee injury in July, Błachowicz continued his training, as he agreed to fight "somewhere in Mexico". About three weeks later, his knee suddenly popped in training when executing a takedown. The anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee was destroyed, making a knee reconstruction after his return to Poland inevitable.[4]

Return to MMA[edit]

Błachowicz was planning his comeback fight in March against Aleksandar Radosavljevic at WFC 10, but decided to withdraw and was replaced by fellow KSW TEAM member Antoni Chmielewski. After finally returning from the knee injury and 17 months layoff,[4] Błachowicz entered into the second KSW <95 kg tournament. Błachowicz had to face two opponents in the same night. His first opponent was the undefeated Brazilian Julio Brutus. Błachowicz was able to knock Brutus out with a high kick-right hook combination at 3:40 in the first round. In the semifinal, Błachowicz submitted his training partner Wojciech Orłowski with a rear-naked choke after just 1:37.[5]

In the meantime, Błachowicz took a fight on a few days notice against Nikolai Onikienko and submitted him in the second round.

He then faced Daniel Tabera in the final of the tournament at KSW XIV, winning via TKO in the second round and becoming once again the KSW Light Heavyweight Tournament Champion. Błachowicz then faced Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou for the vacant KSW Light Heavyweight Championship at KSW XV. He lost the fight via TKO, being unable to answer the bell for the third round because of his injured leg.[6]

Błachowicz had a rematch with Sokoudjou at KSW XVII. He won the bout via unanimous decision to become the new KSW Light Heavyweight Champion. His next three fights in KSW were against Mario Miranda, Houston Alexander and Goran Reljic, and all three he won by unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In January 2014, after completing a 17-3 record on the European scene, Błachowicz signed a contract to fight in the Light Heavyweight division of the UFC.[7]

In his UFC debut, Błachowicz faced Ilir Latifi on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53.[8] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[9]

Błachowicz faced Jimi Manuwa on April 11, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 64.[10] Błachowicz lost the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Błachowicz was expected to face Anthony Johnson on September 5, 2015 at UFC 191.[12] However, Johnson was pulled from the bout on July 30 in favor of a fight with Jimi Manuwa at the event.[13] In turn, Błachowicz instead faced Corey Anderson on the same card.[14] He lost the fight by unanimous decision (30–25, 30–25, and 29–26).[15]

Błachowicz next faced Igor Pokrajac on April 10, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 86.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Błachowicz faced Alexander Gustafsson on September 3, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 93.[18] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Błachowicz was expected to face Ovince Saint Preux on February 4, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 104.[20] However, he pulled out on January 21 due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Volkan Oezdemir.[21]

Błachowicz was quickly rescheduled and faced Patrick Cummins on April 8, 2017 at UFC 210.[22] After a strong first round where he rocked Cummins on multiple occasions, Błachowicz soon fell to Cummins' wrestling and his own lack of stamina in the second and third rounds. He lost the bout by majority decision.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Błachowicz is a close friend of former UFC fighter Tomasz Drwal, they were training together at the Throwdown Training Center in San Diego when he suffered his knee injury in 2009. Some time ago he moved to Warsaw with his girlfriend (Łukasz Jurkowski's sister), changing his long-time club Octagon Rybnik to Paweł Nastula's club. He also occasionally trains in Alliance MMA with names such as Alexander Gustafsson, Phil Davis, Joey Beltran and Dominick Cruz. [4]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–7 Patrick Cummins Decision (majority) UFC 210 April 8, 2017 3 5:00 Buffalo, New York, United States
Loss 19–6 Alexander Gustafsson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett September 3, 2016 3 5:00 Hamburg, Germany
Win 19–5 Igor Pokrajac Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos April 10, 2016 3 5:00 Zagreb, Croatia
Loss 18–5 Corey Anderson Decision (unanimous) UFC 191 September 5, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 18–4 Jimi Manuwa Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 April 11, 2015 3 5:00 Kraków, Poland
Win 18–3 Ilir Latifi TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story October 4, 2014 1 1:58 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 17–3 Goran Reljić Decision (unanimous) KSW 22 March 16, 2013 3 5:00 Warsaw, Poland Defended the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 16–3 Houston Alexander Decision (unanimous) KSW 20 September 15, 2012 3 5:00 Gdańsk, Poland Defended the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 15–3 Mario Miranda Decision (unanimous) KSW 18 February 25, 2012 3 5:00 Plock, Poland Non-title bout.
Win 14–3 Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Decision (unanimous) KSW 17: Revenge November 26, 2011 3 5:00 Lódz, Poland Won the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 13–3 Toni Valtonen Submission (rear-naked choke) KSW 16: Khalidov vs. Lindland May 21, 2011 2 1:23 Gdańsk, Poland
Loss 12–3 Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou TKO (retirement) KSW 15: Contemporary Gladiators March 19, 2011 2 5:00 Warsaw, Poland For the vacant KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 12–2 Daniel Tabera TKO (punches) KSW 14: Judgment Day September 24, 2010 2 4:20 Lódz, Poland KSW 2010 Light Heavyweight Tournament Final.
Win 11–2 Nikolai Onikienko Submission (rear-naked choke) World Absolute FC June 24, 2010 2 N/A Cheboksary, Russia
Win 10–2 Wojciech Orlowski Submission (rear-naked choke) KSW 13: Kumite May 7, 2010 1 1:37 Katowice, Poland KSW 2010 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 9–2 Julio Brutus KO (head kick and punch) KSW 13: Kumite May 7, 2010 1 3:40 Katowice, Poland KSW 2010 Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 8–2 Maro Perak Submission (rear-naked choke) KSW 10: Dekalog December 12, 2008 2 1:51 Warsaw, Poland
Win 7–2 Christian M'Pumbu Submission (armbar) KSW Extra September 13, 2008 2 3:12 Dabrowa Górnicza, Poland
Win 6–2 Aziz Karaoglu Submission (armbar) KSW IX: Konfrontacja May 9, 2008 1 4:13 Warsaw, Poland KSW 2008 Light Heavyweight Tournament Final.
Win 5–2 Antoni Chmielewski Submission (armbar) KSW IX: Konfrontacja May 9, 2008 2 2:54 Warsaw, Poland KSW 2008 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 4–2 Martin Zawada Decision (unanimous) KSW IX: Konfrontacja May 9, 2008 2 5:00 Warsaw, Poland KSW 2008 Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 3–2 Andre Fyeet Submission (kimura) KSW 8 November 10, 2007 1 1:57 Warsaw, Poland
Win 3–1 Daniel Dowda TKO (knee and punches) KSW: Elimination September 15, 2007 1 1:35 Wroclaw, Poland KSW 2007 Light Heavyweight Tournament Final.
Win 2–1 Pawel Gasinski TKO (punches) KSW: Elimination September 15, 2007 1 2:36 Wroclaw, Poland KSW 2007 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 1–1 Sebastian Olchawa Decision (unanimous) KSW: Elimination September 15, 2007 2 5:00 Wroclaw, Poland KSW 2007 Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 0–1 Marcin Krysztofiak Decision (unanimous) FCP 3: Khalidov vs. Troeng February 25, 2007 2 5:00 Poznan, Poland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC 191 Johnson vs. Dodson 2". UFC.com. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Andreas Georgiou (September 4, 2015). "Jan Blachowicz claims he is 'reborn' ahead of UFC 191 Corey Anderson match-up". MMA PLUS. 
  3. ^ "The Year In European MMA". sherdog.com. January 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Sherdog prospect watch - Jan Błachowicz". sherdog.com. September 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Khalidov, Sakurai Draw; Pudzianowski Outpoints Kawaguchi". sherdog.com. May 7, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Khalidov armbars Irvin, Sokoudjou blasts Błachowicz". sherdog.com. March 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "UFC signs Polish light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz and Israeli featherweight Noad Lahat". bloodyelbow.com. January 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ John Barry (2014-07-30). "Latifi meets newcomer Błachowicz at UFC Stockholm". UFC.com. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  9. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-10-04). "UFC Fight Night 53 results: Jan Blachowicz crushes Ilir Latifi with body kick". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  10. ^ Staff (2015-01-23). "UFC Fight Night 64 heads to Poland with Cro Cop-Gonzaga II, Blachowicz-Manuwa". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
  11. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-04-11). "UFC Fight Night 64 results: Jimi Manuwa outstrikes Jan Blachowicz to take decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-11. 
  12. ^ Thomas Myers (2015-07-16). "Anthony Johnson's next fight set against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 191 on Sept. 5". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  13. ^ Damon Martin (2015-07-30). "Anthony Johnson now faces Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191 in Las Vegas". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  14. ^ Jason Floyd (2015-07-30). "Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson set for UFC 191". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  15. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-09-05). "UFC 191 results: Corey Anderson rolls over Jan Blachowicz". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  16. ^ Staff (2015-01-28). "Gonzaga-Magomedov, Blachowicz-Pokrajac, other bouts join UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  17. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-04-10). "UFC Fight Night 86 results: Jan Blachowicz outworks Igor Pokrajac for decision victory". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  18. ^ Damon Martin (2016-06-17). "Alexander Gustafsson returns against Jan Blachowicz in Germany". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  19. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-09-03). "UFC Fight Night 93 results: Takedowns help Alexander Gustafsson sweep gritty Jan Blachowicz". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  20. ^ Mike Jackson (2016-12-04). "UFC announces lineup for Superbowl weekend Fight Night in Houston". mikethetruth.com. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  21. ^ Staff (2017-01-21). "Ovince Saint Preux gets new opponent – UFC's first Switzerland native – for UFC Fight Night 104". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  22. ^ Staff (2017-01-27). "More bouts added to UFC 210 in Buffalo". buffalonews.com. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  23. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-04-08). "UFC 210 results: Patrick Cummins withstands Jan Blachowicz's striking to take majority decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 

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