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Jan Blachowicz Refutes Corey Anderson’s Claims That He’s The Best LHW In The World: ‘Maybe I Hit Him Too Hard’

Reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz has rejected recent claims from Bellator light heavyweight world Grand Prix finalist, Corey Anderson that he is the best light heavyweight fighter in the world at the moment, claiming he may have hit his two-time opponent “too hard” during their pair of bouts.

Blachowicz, who is scheduled to headline UFC 267 at the end of this month on ‘Fight Island’ — attempts to lodge his second successful defense of the light heavyweight crown, tackling Minas Gerais veteran, the #1 ranked Glover Teixeira.

For Anderson, the UFC alum continued the blistering start to his run under the Scott Coker-led Bellator MMA over the weekend at Bellator, stopping current Bellator heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader with a massive first round knockout win inside the opening minute of the first round.

The victory extended Anderson’s undefeated streak under the Bellator banner to three fights — following a pair of other knockout triumphs opposite Melvin Manhoef and a world Grand Prix quarter final win over Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov back in April.
Following his knockout win over Bader, Anderson told assembled media post-fight that he is the best light heavyweight in the world.

“I already know I’m the best light heavyweight in the world,” Anderson said. “I already know the Jan Blachowicz, it was a hiccup of mine in my own shield. I’m not going to say I underestimated him but I looked past him. I was thinking, ‘I whooped the sh*t out of this dude once and I’m going to do it again.’ But I shouldn’t have. I should have taken it one fight at a time.”

Twice clashing, Anderson handed Blachowicz a unanimous decision loss at UFC 191 back in September 2015 to improve to 6-1, before the two would rematch in a light heavyweight title-eliminator five years later.

In February of last year, Blachowicz avenged the loss in the main event of UFC Fight Night Rio Rancho, stopping Anderson with a first round knockout win before stopping Dominick Reyes in September in a vacant championship-winning performance.

Responding to Anderson’s post-fight comments, Blachowicz claimed the Illinois native had “no class in win (victory) or defeat”.

“Hold up… So a guy who bolted from the UFC after I’ve slept him and almost made him retire, got a couple of wins in the 2nd. league and claims he is the best?” Blachowicz tweeted. “Maybe I’ve punched him to (sic) hard… No class in win or defeat, Corey (Anderson). There’s levels to this.”

In response to Blachowicz’s tweet, Anderson reminded the current champion of their first showdown six years ago, claiming he made Blachowicz his “broad” for the three round fight.

“Let’s not forget. What happened to you the 1st. time I left you looking like elephant man. And you posted “I need to go home and rethink my career”. Yea I got knocked out in our 2nd. fight (lucky punch?) but I made you my broad for 15 min straight nothing lucky about that.”

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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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