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Now champion, Jan Blachowicz still eyes Jon Jones: ‘He promised me this fight’

Jan Blachowicz still wants a shot at Jon Jones.

The Polish fighter won the vacant light heavyweight title Saturday when he stopped Dominick Reyes in the co-main event of UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi. Blachowicz (27-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) won the belt Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) vacated in August for a move up to the heavyweight division.

Yet, despite announcing a move up in weight classes, Blachowicz still has his eyes on the man many consider to be the greatest of all time.

“Right now we can talk about him because I didn’t want to talk about him before the fight because my opponent was Dominick (Reyes),” Blachowicz said at the post-fight press conference. “Now I don’t have an opponent, so Jon Jones why not? Nobody knows what he’s doing right now, so we’ll see. But yeah, why not? He promised me this fight in Albuquerque (N.M.) after I knocked out Corey Anderson.”

It’s unlikely Blachowicz will meet Jones anytime soon considering Jones’ plans for heavyweight. And if it’s not Jones, Blachowicz is down to avenge his most recent defeat.

“Maybe Thiago Santos if he wins his fight against (Glover) Teixeira – that would be really good,” Blachowicz said.

The 37-year-old former KSW champion is on a four-fight winning streak and 8-1 in his past nine outings.

“It’s been a long journey for me but I’m finally on top,” Blachowicz said. “It’s an amazing feeling. There are no words on how to describe how I’m feeling right now. My mind is in a different place right now, somewhere in space, I don’t know.”



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