Jan Blachowicz rides a 3-combat successful streak into UFC 253.
The stretch kicked off at UFC 239 in July 2019, when Blachowicz took on former UFC middleweight winner Luke Rockhold on the pay-for every-see primary card. The battle marked Rockhold’s UFC debut at 205 kilos.
Participating in the position of spoiler, Blachowicz rocked Rockhold late in Spherical 1 with a left hook adopted by a head kick at the close-of-spherical buzzer. Rockhold had 1 moment to get better in the corner, but Blachowicz didn’t allow him off the hook after the fight resumed.
Early in Round 2, Blachowicz caught Rockhold once again with a different left hand. This 1 floored Rockhold, snapping his head back as he strike the canvas. As Rockhold struggled to achieve his bearings, Blachowicz adopted up with a series of really hard punches. Referee Herb Dean stepped in and waved off the fight at the 1:39 mark.
Just after the combat, it was disclosed Rockhold experienced a broken jaw as a outcome of the knockout decline.
On Saturday, Blachowicz (26-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) will provide as a single half of the UFC 253 co-main occasion. In his 1st UFC title obstacle, Blachowicz will take on Dominick Reyes (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for the UFC light heavyweight championship. The title was vacated by longtime holder Jon Jones before this 12 months.
UFC 253 takes position Saturday at Flash Discussion board at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The principal card airs on fork out-per-see pursuing prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
Ahead of UFC 253, check out out Jan Blachowicz’s knockout of Luke Rockhold in the full fight online video over.