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Jan Blachowicz Open To Future Heavyweight Move To Clinch Second UFC Title

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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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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