Thinking about Blachowicz flattened Anderson in the primary function and then took intention at Jones, who was sitting down entrance row in the viewers, it appeared to be a sensible strategy of motion. Jones later on acknowledged Blachowicz as an opponent he’d like to encounter.
Months handed, and the combat under no circumstances arrived to fruition.
Then Jones engaged in a very general public war of phrases with the UFC about his economic compensation, which culminated in the longest-reigning light-weight heavyweight winner in marketing background vacating his title with programs to move up to a more substantial division. That similar working day, Blachowicz had an upcoming fight versus Dominick Reyes finalized, except now they ended up competing to crown a new 205-pound champion in the UFC.
Initially, Blachowicz was upset that the chance to conquer Jones for the title had been taken away from him. But individuals emotions subsided instead promptly.
“Maybe a very little bit [upset], but I really don’t treatment,” Blachowicz advised MMA Fighting. “Right now, I’m only imagining about Dominick Reyes. I really don’t treatment about Jon Jones any more. I will think about him in the long run. Now in my head is only Dominick, and I’ll aim on him.”
As much as he needed to be the first fighter in background to hand Jones a respectable reduction, Blachowicz was typically pleased that the division would have the prospect to go ahead alternatively than stagnating when the winner was embroiled in a contract fight with the UFC.
“I was satisfied mainly because he unblocked our [division],” Blachowicz reported about Jones. “I knew that I was going to be fighting versus Dominick Reyes then, and I understood it was going to be a title shot. A typical title, so it was fantastic news.”
Blachowicz also speedily details out that Jones tests himself at heavyweight doesn’t signify he’ll never ever contend at 205 lbs . all over again.
Jones is just now about to take a look at those people waters for the very first time, and almost nothing is stopping him from returning to his previous stomping grounds at some position in the potential. In point, Blachowicz is self-confident he’ll continue to get the prospect to confront Jones — it is just not going to be his subsequent fight any extended.
“I know in the upcoming I will meet up with Jon Jones, so it is just likely to be a small bit later on,” Blachowicz mentioned. “The title is the most critical thing. I’ve bought the title shot towards a truly fantastic fighter in Dominick Reyes. He created a definitely excellent struggle versus Jon Jones.
“I imagine in the upcoming, I’ll satisfy Jon Jones anyways but to start with, I have to defeat Dominick.”
If he cannot get Jones appropriate now, Reyes will definitely serve as the future finest issue.
Reyes is coming off a difficult-fought five round final decision with Jones in February at UFC 247. Many people today believe he deserved to get the nod that night.
Really don’t rely Blachowicz amid them, but he certainly provides Reyes credit history for pushing Jones to the restrict in a five-round battle. He expects nothing fewer than the very best from his opponent when they clash at UFC 253.
“It was a good performance,” Blachowicz said about Reyes. “Great combat. Definitely near struggle. I still feel that he dropped the combat, but it was just a tiny little bit of variance between him and Jon Jones. That is it.
“I know he’s definitely excellent, southpaw fighter. A actually great boxer, kickboxer. Genuinely fantastic takedown defense. It is likely to be a difficult combat for me. But I’m likely to be prepared for every little thing that he’s geared up for me.”