Blachowicz Will Welcome Jacare to Light Heavyweight Division
It turns out, Jan Blachowicz won’t be getting the light heavyweight title shot that some have led to believe he would. Instead, Blachowicz will embrace Jacare Souza as a newcomer to UFC’s light heavyweight division. The news broke via Brett Okamoto who listed his primary source of the news as Dana White.
Breaking: Jacare Souza vs. Jan Blachowicz at 205 pounds will headline UFC Fight Night on Nov. 16 in Brazil, per Dana White. https://t.co/Yanj00XYFJ
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 10, 2019
Okamoto announced the fight is expected to headline UFC Sao Paulo on November 16th. The card is also expected to feature other Brazillian fighters on the roster. From stars in the making like Ariane Lipski, all the way to legends such as Little Nog.
Announced bouts so far
Women’s Flyweight bout: Ariane Lipski vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Middleweight bout: Kevin Holland vs. Antonio Arroyo
Light Heavyweight bout: Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Trevor Smith
Women’s Featherweight bout: Duda Santana vs. Leah Letson
Welterweight bout: James Krause vs. Sérgio Moraes
Lightweight bout: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Bobby Green
Light Heavyweight bout: Jan Błachowicz vs. Ronaldo Souza
Blachowicz on the Rise
Blachowicz has been on fire since his standing bulldog choke against Devin Clark at UFC Poland back in 2017. Having one loss since then places Jan at 5th in the divisional rankings. The loss comes from recent title challenger Thiago Santos. Minus that defeat, Blachowicz has won 5 of his last 6 fights with the last one being a vicious knockout victory of Luke Rockhold at UFC 239.
Last night, Blachowicz tweeted that he had fight new fight news coming soon. Ironically, it was relatively close to when Jon Jones tweeted he had some news himself.
Buckle your seatbelt my friends, Big fiight announcement coming soon https://t.co/6cDNQ6XChL
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) September 9, 2019
Instead of facing Jones, Jan will take on Jacare Souza. The long-time Middleweight title contender will be making his light heavyweight debut. A recent skid of losing three of his last five bouts is probably one of the main components towards the change in the weight class. Plus, the timing of the event gives Jacare a homecourt advantage, as he gets to fight in his native country.
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