Jan Blachowicz finds himself on the brink of title contention in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division.
Blachowicz has the wind of a three-fight winning streak in his sails—a run that includes knockouts of Luke Rockhold and Corey Anderson, along with a split decision over Ronaldo Souza. The former Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki champion’s late-career surge puts him on a short list of potential suitors for reigning 205-pound titleholder Jon Jones, along with two men who have already failed to unseat the pound-for-pound ace: Dominick Reyes and Thiago Santos. Whether or not matchmakers intend to reward Blachowicz with a shot at the crown remains to be seen. He last competed at UFC Fight Night 167, where he wiped out the aforementioned Anderson with a sweeping right hook 3:08 into the first round of their rematch.
As Blachowicz awaits his next assignment, here are some of the numbers that have come to define the Polish powerhouse:
37: Years of age. Blachowicz was born on Feb. 24, 1983 in Cieszyn, Poland.
95: Seconds needed to put away Daniel Dowda with punches at KSW “Elimination” on Sept. 15, 2007. Having occurred in Blachowicz’s fourth professional appearance, it remains the fastest finish of his career.
1: Submission defeat on his resume. Blachowicz tapped to an Andre Fyeet kimura at KSW 8 in November 2007.
9: Wins by submission, accounting for more than one-third of his career total (26). Blachowicz has secured five victories by rear-naked choke, three by armbar and one by arm-triangle choke.
2: Successful title defenses in KSW. Blachowicz is one of five men who have held the promotion’s light heavyweight championship, along with Mamed Khalidov, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Goran Reljic and Tomasz Narkun.
4: Organizations in which Blachowicz has appeared in MMA. He has gone 16-2 in KSW, 9-5 in the UFC, 1-0 in the World Absolute Fighting Championship and 0-1 in Full Contact Prestige.
3: Fighters ranked ahead of Blachowicz in the UFC light heavyweight rankings. They are Reyes, Santos and Anthony Smith.
5: Post-fight bonuses banked in 14 appearances under the UFC flag. Blachowicz has earned “Performance of the Night” four times and “Knockout of the Night” once for a total haul of $250,000.
124: Total strikes landed in a unanimous decision over Jimi Manuwa in their UFC Fight Night 127 rematch in 2018. The figure represents a high-water mark for Blachowicz.
10: Countries in which Blachowicz has competed during his 34-fight career as a professional mixed martial artist. They are the United States, Poland, Brazil, Czech Republic, Russia, England, Canada, Germany, Croatia and Sweden.
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