Jan Blachowicz is open to fighting Israel Adesanya again.
Reigning UFC middleweight title holder Israel Adesanya is coming off a lopsided victory over Jared Cannonier at UFC 276. The dominant champion has gone unbeaten in the UFC at 185 lbs and only has one blemish on his record. That one smudge on his record was from the former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz, who handed Izzy his first loss as a pro at UFC 259.
Jan Blachowicz is open to having a rematch with Israel Adesanya
In an appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Jan Blachowicz shared his thoughts on whether Adesanya changed after their bout. Adesanya has looked considerably more cautious in the cage since his outing with Blachowicz, and the 39-year-old Pole believes he might have had something to do with it.
“Maybe, maybe this is the reason now he will be very careful in the fights. Do not do any mistakes. Just don’t lose the fight. Maybe I have to cut the weight and give him a rematch in his category.
Blachowicz is only interested in a rematch if it’s for the middleweight title.
“If I have a chance, why not? With Izzy for his belt, fight for the belt, I can try.”
Blachowicz reveals the lowest weight he fought at
When asked about the lowest weight he fought at, the “Legendary Polish Power” shared his early days of competing in Muay Thai.
“As a fighter, I don’t remember but when I was an amateur fighter in Muay Thai, that was 91 kilos so 200 pounds. Okay, (it’s hard to get to 185) but you know the title. I can sacrifice myself a little bit. But I need to start doing right now and fight at the end of the year.”
He talked about the expected matchup between Adesanya, and his former nemesis Alex Pereira, expressing support for both men based on their past outings.
“He’s got everything to do it, we’ll see. He’s strong, he’s good. I saw their fight in kickboxing, that was a tough fight for both of them but in the end, he knocked him out twice so he’s better, in kickboxing.”
Blachowicz was eyeing a shot at the 205 lbs gold. His plans were put to a halt when the champion Jiri Prochazka declared that he’s looking to rematch Glover Teixeira.