Jan Blachowicz got the surprise of a lifetime when he exited the plane in Las Vegas last week.
The last PPV event of the year is just a few weeks away. The UFC will be headed to Las Vegas to close out the year at UFC 282. The event was originally supposed to be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jiří Procházka and Glover Teixeira. Unfortunately for Procházka he suffered an injury just a few weeks before his first title defense and was pulled from the card. Not only was he removed from the event, but he was forced to relinquish his title.
Jan Blachowicz will be fighting for the title at UFC 282
With Procházka out of the title picture, the UFC has decided to elevate the co-main event of the card to the main event and make it for the belt. Jan Blachowicz will be fighting Magomed Ankalaev for the UFC light heavyweight title. Although happy about this opportunity, Blachowicz was caught very much off guard.
“I catch Wi-Fi at the airport and you know, my phone’s shaking all the time, ringing and I’m like what’s happening? Something’s happening, I already know that because too much messages. First of all I check for my manager who is also my fiance and I read the message and they I have to read it four or five times because I don’t understand I don’t believe what’s happened what she write to me,” he said on The MMA Hour. “I saw the message to my coaches and they said you got the title shot, you know, I don’t joke with me it’s true. You really got a fight for the title. Yes, she told me all story. So I did nothing. You know, I was the last person to know.”
Blachowicz admitted that he was looking forward to the relaxation of his flight. He left Poland for London and then London for Las Vegas with no such word that he would be fighting for a UFC title when he landed. Now he is happy with the change and the opportunity to get back his lost UFC belt. He is even glad that the fight is now a five-rounder instead of three rounds.
“For me it’s better because if it goes longer, I feel better. So I’m happy that because that was a big thing for me. The worst thing was that I gotta have three rounds after you know I don’t remember when I fight three rounds last time,” he said. “And three was fight that was worse for me because I started doing very good job in turnaround, you know. I need to wake up a little bit earlier, change everything. So five rounds, it’s better for me.”
Blachowicz first became the UFC light heavyweight champion back in 2020 when he defeated Dominick Reyes for the vacant title. He lost it to Teixeira and although he admitted he would have liked to get that one back, he is focused on his bout with Ankalaev and will worry about the drama that unfolded at a later date.