Polish light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz will take on former light heavyweight title challenger Dominick Reyes in the co-main event of UFC 253.
UFC 253 takes place this weekend at the Yas Islands in Abu Dhabi. The title was initially held by Jon Jones, but as he dropped it to move up to the heavyweight division.
Jan Blachowicz after knocking out Corey Anderson earlier this year called out Jon Jones who was seating cageside during his fight and stated that he would end Jones’ undefeated title run.
Jan Blachowicz wants to prove that he is better than Jon Jones
While that won’t be possible now, Blachowicz said that he plans on knocking out Dominick Reyes to prove that he is better than Jon Jones.
“I knew before Corey Anderson. They told me if I beat Corey my next fight is for the title,” Blachowicz said on BJPENN.com’s Just Scrap Radio. “I knew when he went down my next fight would be for the belt, I just didn’t know the date.”
“For me, the most important thing was that it was for the title,” he said. “In the future, I will meet Jon Jones anyway. Right now, the only thing on my mind is Dominick Reyes. I don’t think about Jon Jones right now.”
While Jan Blachowicz made it clear that he isn’t taking Dominick Reyes lightly, he is confident about beating him.
“He is a really great fighter, dangerous in the standup, good takedown defense,” Blachowicz explained. “If you take him down he stands up quick. It will be a tough fight but I believe I can beat him and will beat him.”
“I see myself knocking him out in the third round,” Blachowicz explained. “We will see, maybe I get a decision or submit him. I’ll be ready for everything. When I beat him by stoppage I know I am the best in the world, better than Jon Jones. Maybe my next fight will be against Jon Jones.”
“Dreams come true and it will be an amazing feeling,” he said. “I’ll have to tell you after the fight, I won’t known until Dana gives me the belt. We talk about this after the fight.”
“If Jon Jones does not come back to 205, Thiago Santos is a perfect fight for my first title defense. First title defense in Poland,” Blachowicz concluded. “Main event is myself, co-main is Joanna (Jedrzejczyk) fighting for the belt again.”
Who do you think wins in a fight between Jan Blachowicz and Dominick Reyes?