Jan Blachowicz moves step closer to showdown with Jon Jones after first round knockout of Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 167 in New Mexico
- Blachowicz exacted revenge for his defeat by Anderson five years ago
- Polish fighter needed just three minutes and eight seconds to secure victory
- Right hand to the chin sent Anderson reeling and Blachowicz pounced
- He immediately called out division leader Jon Jones who was in the audience
- Jones was pleased to see Anderson defeated after months of trash talking
Jan Blachowicz needed just three minutes and eight seconds to take revenge on Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 167 in New Mexico – before calling out Jon Jones.
It was back at UFC 191 in September 2015 when Anderson defeated Blachowicz by unanimous decision but the tables were certainly turned here.
The Pole smashed Anderson with a right hand to the chin, sending the American to the floor. Blachowicz pounced, landing another punch to the head, before the referee stopped the contest.
Jan Blachowicz was quick to call out Jon Jones in the crowd after his first round knockout of Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 167
Anderson was rocked back by a ferocious Blachowicz punch to the chin three minutes in
Division leader Jon Jones reacts to Blachowicz calling him out in New Mexico on Saturday
Before he was even declared the winner of the light heavyweight contest, Blachowicz marched over to Jones and called out the pound-for-pound top ranked fighter.
‘You’re next, tell me when, tell me the place and time,’ he told Jones.
This brutal win underlined Blackowicz’s hot form as he made it three consecutive victories and seven from his last eight to improve his career record to 26-8-0.
It also scuppered the pre-fight hopes of Anderson to line up the shot at Jones, with that possibility now a year away at best.
And Jones was pleased to see Anderson defeated after months of trash talking, while accepting the challenge laid down by Blachowicz.
Jones admitted he was delighted to see Anderson defeated after months of trash talk
The Polish fighter is declared the victor after his three minute and eight second knockout
‘I’m happy to see Corey Anderson eat his words,’ Jones said. ‘He’s been talking so much trash.
‘And then to go out there and perform the way he did. I could definitely see UFC matching us [him and Blachowicz) up next.’
On the undercard, two bouts ended in disqualifications because of illegal knees to grounded opponents.
Brok Weaver won after Kazula Vargas landed a knee to the head, leaving Weaver unable to continue.
Blachowicz and Anderson trade punches during the main event at UFC Fight Night
Later on, Diego Sanchez was on the verge of being knocked out before Michel Pereira hit him with a knee to the head as he was going to ground, earning a disqualification.
It was the first time in UFC history that two fights on the same card ended in disqualification.
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