Reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz is still preparing for his second attempted defense of the crown in October at UFC 267. He meets with the steaking division veteran, Glover Teixeira. However, that hasn’t stopped the Pole from flirting with a future move to the heavyweight ranks in pursuit of another title for his UFC trophy cabinet.
Himself enjoying a definite career purple patch and late resurgence, Blachowicz has won his last five consecutive Octagon walks — the most recent of which came this year at UFC 259 in March.
Headlining the card which featured a championship tripleheader, Blachowicz became the first competitor to defeat Israel Adesanya in professional mixed martial arts, knocking back the City Kickboxing staple’s advances on the light heavyweight crown with an impressive, stifling unanimous decision win.
Whilst occupied with the wily Minas Gerais native, Teixeira in October, Blachowicz himself is open to the possibility of becoming a two-division champion under the promotion’s banner, once more opening the door to a future journey in the heavyweight ranks.
“Maybe I’ve got some fights at heavyweight in the future,” Blachowicz said during an interview with MMA Fighting. “We will see what happens. If I go to heavyweight, I would like to be the champion in heavyweight also. I would not (be) going there just for money.“
“If I start doing something, I want to be the best in that,” Blachowicz continued. “We will see what is going to happen. Right now my mind is set on Glover (Teixeira) and that’s it.“
Earlier this year, Blachowicz claimed that he would be willing to meet with current heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou in the future if the UFC would be open to making that matchup a reality.
“If (the) UFC sends me, ‘You want to fight Francis (Ngannou)?’ Why not?” Blachowicz said. “He’s got power like ‘Predator’. He has great power but nobody has power like legendary Polish power.“
With Blachowicz set to clash with Teixeira in October, any move to the heavyweight division will likely have to wait until the culmination of an expected unification clash between the aforenoted, Ngannou and the recently minted interim division champion, Ciryl Gane.
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