Jan Blachowicz is the fighting-pride of men’s mixed martial arts in Poland and one of the newest challengers for the UFC light heavyweight championship. Let us take a closer look into the life of Jan Blachowicz and what put him in the position as the number one fighter out of Poland.
You will not find the Polish native trash-talking his career into the spotlight, nor will you see him waste energy, causing animosity with his opponent. But Blachowicz leaves his friendly persona at the cage door, and more often than not – leaves the opposition visualizing stars while gazing at the arena lights.
|Current betting odds for UFC 253: +230 over at SBR’s UFC Odds|
|Age: 37, born September 20th, 1988|
|Height: 6ft 2”|
|Gym: Berkut WCA Fight Team|
|Notable Gym Members: Marcin Tybura, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Bartosz Fabinski|
|Current Streak: 3 wins|
|Wins by KO/TKO: 7|
|Wins by Submission: 9|
|Decision wins: 10|
Born and raised in Cieszyn, Poland, Jan is no stranger to hard-work and stems from a war-torn nation that takes great pride in their fighting background. While Joanna Jedrzejczyk stole the hearts of her country and captured UFC women’s title, Jan was head-hunting his way through the men’s light heavyweight division.
In a similar fashion to his peers, Jan took a keen interest in martial arts from an early age – Hollywood flicks like Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “Bloodspot” and Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon” gave Jan the urge to begin training.
Fulltime training in multiple MMA disciplines led Jan to the greatest fight-promotion in the history of combat sports, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). However, the humble persona of Jan keeps his past-accolades quiet.
He initially trained in Judo before finding a love for Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and Muay Thai. Before he became a professional mixed martial artist, Blachowicz achieved great success competing across all disciplines mentioned. His accolades include an amateur Muay Thai world championship, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and an undefeated Kickboxing record of 34-0.
Blachowicz first made his presence known in the MMA scene with a dominant run in Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki, better known as the fight promotion KSW. On September 15th, 2007 Blachowicz defeated three opponents in KSW’s first-ever elimination-based tournament. One decision and two technical knockouts put Blachowicz’s name on the Polish MMA scene.
In Less than a year Blachowicz entered his second KSW elimination bracket tournament at KSW 9, and he won all three fights (again). But this was merely the beginning of a long and illustrious career, as he captured the KSW light heavyweight championship on three separate occasions, leaving the promotion having won sixteen from eighteen contests.
Succeeding a 17-2 professional fight record on the European MMA circuit, in a six-year period that involved a career-threatening ACL injury, soon caught the attention of the UFC. Blachowicz made his UFC debut in 2014, knocking out Ilir Latifi in the first round. However, his first three years under the UFC banner did not quite go to plan – four losses were not something Blachowicz was accustomed to.
Having spent the past six years competing in the UFC, Blachowicz eventually brushed of his losses and defeated some of the greatest fighters in light heavyweight history. Names like Jared Cannonier, Jimi Manuwa, Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo Souza, and Corey Anderson to name a few.
Claiming the #2 rank, Blachowicz is no longer a top European, but the 2nd most elite light heavyweight in the world. Championship gold is on the horizon as the Polish power looks to defy the odds once again.
While the thirty-seven year old is not getting any younger, he looks to be in the prime fighting shape of his life and with a higher ceiling to retirement age in the heavier weight-classes, Polish MMA fans could be supporting Blachowicz for many years to come.