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(23-7) is a Polish mixed martial artist who plies
his trade in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
’s light heavyweight division. In
his next outing, the 35-year-old will look to extend his four-bout
winning streak when he headlines
UFC Fight Night 145
. The event takes place at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech
Republic, on Feb. 23.
As we approach the pivotal clash, here are five things that you
might not know about Blachowicz.
He has overcome adversity.
Back in 2009, Blachowicz accepted an invitation from his friend
to train stateside at the Throwdown Training Center in
San Diego, California. In one training session, Blachowicz damaged
his knee while shooting for a takedown. The young Polish prospect
had damaged his ACL, which was a potential career-ending injury.
After returning to Poland, Blachowicz had surgery followed by a
lengthy rehabilitation process. In 2010, he made a successful
return to the cage, winning four fights in a row. “After the
injury, I was extremely angry because it eliminated me for some
time,” he explained. “But it has never crossed my mind to
He has been a champion before.
Prior to being signed by the UFC in 2014, Blachowicz competed for
Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki, his country’s leading MMA promotion.
During his lengthy stint with
, Blachowicz fought 18 bouts, losing only two. On three
separate occasions, he won their 205-pound tournament.
He likes training close to home.
Considering the serious injury Blachowicz suffered stateside, it’s
not surprising that he spends the majority of his time honing his
skills in his homeland. There the 35-year-old represents Berkut WCA
Fight Team in the nation’s capital of Warsaw. Although he makes
occasional forays to the States to train at
in San Diego, Blachowicz has no plans to leave
Berkut. He has previously said that the training he receives there
is of the highest order. His teammates include mixed martial arts
stalwarts such as Bartosz
He once won three consecutive fights by armbar.
The “Prince of Cieszyn” is a long-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu black
belt with a reputation as a dangerous grappler. Nine (39 percent)
of his career victories have come by submission. The Polish fighter
is particularly adept at the rear-naked choke. His resume boasts
five (56 percent) finishes by this method. However, this is not the
only submission in his arsenal. Back in 2008, Blachowicz, then
competing for KSW, won three fights in a row by armbar. Although he
has notched six submission wins since then, none of them have been
He trained in numerous disciplines before turning to MMA.
Like many of his peers, Blachowicz was interested in combat
training from a young age. It was films that inspired him to take
up martial arts as “Bloodsport” and “Enter the Dragon” made him
start training. Initially, he trained in Judo before later
branching out to jiu-jitsu, boxing and muay Thai. Prior to turning
to MMA fulltime, the burgeoning martial artist achieved
considerable success competing in a number of disciplines. His
accolades include an amateur muay thai world title and compiling an
unblemished record kickboxing record that includes 34 victories.