Błachowicz wins UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 253

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jan Błachowicz is the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He defeated Dominick Reyes on Saturday night at UFC 253 in Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Błachowicz won the fight in the second round by TKO (Punches). The fight was stopped at 4:36 of the round.

The overhead view of the octagon during the UFC 229 event
Overhead view of the octagon during the UFC 229 event. Who will step into the Octagon next with Khabib? (Photo by Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

With this win, he is now only the second Polish Champion in UFC history. Joanna Jędrzejczyk was the first Polish-born Champion in the UFC.

However, Błachowicz will likely be the only one fighting again, as Jędrzejczyk has hinted on social media that she was retired.

Błachowicz was able to become the champion after former champ Jon Jones vacated the belt. Jones is reportedly moving up to Heavyweight for more opportunities.

Błachowicz is now 8-1 since October 21st, 2017. The only loss came to Thiago Santos by TKO (Punches) on February 23, 2019.

Before this streak, he was 1-4 from April 11, 2015 through April 8, 2018. The only win came against during this skid was against Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision on April 10, 2016.

The Poznań, Poland native is now 27-8 in his MMA career. He has won eight fights by knockout.

The other 19 wins have come via submission or decision.

Reyes’ past two fights have come for the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He lost both fights. He was defeated by Jones by unanimous decision at UFC 247 in February 2020.

With the loss, the California native fell to 12-2 in his MMA career.

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