Jan Blachowicz is not happy with how his former opponent Magomed Ankalaev is handling the draw.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz is still processing what when wrong in his most recent title fight. Coming into UFC 282, Blachowicz was surprised to learn that just one week from the fight he would now be battling for the vacant 205-pound title. He accepted the bout and the pressure that came along with it but in the end, could not grind out the win. His main event fight against Magomed Ankalaev was scored a split draw and in turn, the title remained vacant.
Right after the event, Blachowicz was not confident that he had done enough to warrant a win, but upon further review of the tape, he feels he should have been awarded the victory according to an interview with MMA Fighting. His opponent has felt that way all along.
Jan Blachowicz thinks Magomed Ankalaev is showing weakness by making excuses after the fight
Following the event, Ankalaev returned home to Dagestan and spoke with local reporters. He expressed that he had some trouble during his training camp. He called it the worst training camp of his life but despite that felt he had won the fight. Now Blachowicz is taking offense to his excuses.
“Excuses. I hate when someone say it like this,” Blachowicz said. “It pisses me off when someone uses excuses. I never say that my camp was bad, I have injuries or something like this. If you feel bad, stay home, drink tea with honey and relax. If you go to the fight, don’t excuse yourself. It just shows your weakness and that’s it.
Coming into the bout, Ankalaev had won nine fights in a row. Blachowicz had won his first fight since losing his title. He took this tough fight and although he is not happy with the decision, he is moving on and focusing on his next bout, whenever that may be.
“Everybody said that I was going to lose the fight, the bookmakers and everybody think that he will knock me out and finish me in the first round but I almost won the fight. Now he’s looking at excuses, why he was not so good in the fight. Why? Because I was very good in this fight. Because I don’t let him do what he always does in the fight. That was the reason. Now he says ‘I was injured, my camp was bad.’ Bulls***. I don’t believe in that. This is weakness. That’s it.”
Instead of running this one back, the UFC is moving forward with the division. They have booked a title fight between former champion Glover Teixeira and Jamahal Hill. That fight will take place as the main event of UFC 283 in Brazil on Jan. 21.