|Born||Jan Maciej Błachowicz|
February 24, 1983
|Nickname(s)||Prince of Cieszyn|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Warsaw, Poland|
|Team||Berkut WCA Fight Team|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Joe Moreira|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jan Maciej Błachowicz (Polish: [ˈjan bwaˈxɔvitʂ]; 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 since 2007, he also competed for KSW and is the former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion. As of May 11, 2020, he is #3 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
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.
Return to MMA
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, 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.
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.
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
Błachowicz was expected to face Anthony Johnson on September 5, 2015, at UFC 191. However, Johnson was pulled from the bout on July 30 in favor of a fight with Jimi Manuwa at the event. In turn, Błachowicz instead faced Corey Anderson on the same card. He lost the fight by unanimous decision (30–25, 30–25, and 29–26).
Błachowicz was expected to face Ovince Saint Preux on February 4, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 104. However, he pulled out on January 21 due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Volkan Oezdemir.
Błachowicz was quickly rescheduled and faced Patrick Cummins on April 8, 2017, at UFC 210. 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.
Błachowicz faced Devin Clark on October 21, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till. He won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Błachowicz faced Jimi Manuwa in a rematch on March 17, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 127. He won the fight via unanimous decision. The win also earned him his first Fight of the Night bonus award.
Błachowicz faced Nikita Krylov on September 15, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 136. He won the fight via arm-triangle choke submission in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Błachowicz faced Thiago Santos on February 23, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 145. Błachowicz was caught with a counter in the third round and lost by TKO, marking the first time in his MMA career that he has been stopped due to strikes.
Błachowicz faced Corey Anderson on February 15, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 167 in a rematch of their previous bout. Błachowicz avenged his loss via brutal first round knockout after countering a sloppy leg kick from Anderson with a right hand. The victory earned him his fourth Performance of the Night bonus award.
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.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
- KSW Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Two successful title defenses
- KSW 2010 Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- KSW 2008 Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- KSW 2007 Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- Fight of the Night (Three times)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|34 matches||26 wins||8 losses|
|Win||26–8||Corey Anderson||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs. Błachowicz 2||February 15, 2020||1||3:08||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||25–8||Ronaldo Souza||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré||November 16, 2019||5||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||24–8||Luke Rockhold||KO (punches)||UFC 239||July 6, 2019||2||1:39||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||23–8||Thiago Santos||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos||February 23, 2019||3||0:39||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||23–7||Nikita Krylov||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik||September 15, 2018||2||2:41||Moscow, Russia||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||22–7||Jimi Manuwa||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov||March 17, 2018||3||5:00||London, England||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||21–7||Jared Cannonier||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos||December 16, 2017||3||5:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||20–7||Devin Clark||Submission (standing rear naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till||October 21, 2017||2||3:02||Gdańsk, Poland||Performance of the Night.|
|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: Pride Time||March 16, 2013||3||5:00||Warsaw, Poland||Defended the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||16–3||Houston Alexander||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 20: Fighting Symphonies||September 15, 2012||3||5:00||Gdańsk, Poland||Defended the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||15–3||Mario Miranda||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 18: Unfinished Sympathy||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||Won the KSW 2010 Light Heavyweight Tournament.|
|Win||11–2||Nikolai Onikienko||Submission (rear-naked choke)||World Absolute FC||June 24, 2010||2||N/A||Cheboksary, Russia|
|Win||10–2||Wojciech Orłowski||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||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||Won the KSW 2008 Light Heavyweight Tournament.|
|Win||5–2||Antoni Chmielewski||Submission (armbar)||KSW IX: Konfrontacja||2||2:54||Warsaw, Poland||KSW 2008 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||4–2||Martin Zawada||Decision (unanimous)||KSW IX: Konfrontacja||2||5:00||Warsaw, Poland||KSW 2008 Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||3–2||Andre Fyeet||Submission (kimura)||KSW VIII: Konfrontacja||November 10, 2007||1||1:57||Warsaw, Poland|
|Win||3–1||Daniel Dowda||TKO (knee and punches)||KSW Elimination 1||September 15, 2007||1||1:35||Wroclaw, Poland||Won the KSW 2007 Light Heavyweight Tournament.|
|Win||2–1||Pawel Gasinski||TKO (punches)||KSW Elimination 1||1||2:36||Wroclaw, Poland||KSW 2007 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||1–1||Sebastian Olchawa||Decision (unanimous)||KSW Elimination 1||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|
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