How Jan Blachowicz can jump the queue and become Alex Poatan's next rival in the UFC

Former light heavyweight champion seeks redemption after narrow defeat and positions himself as one of the candidates to face the current belt holder

Alex Poatan defeated Jan Blachowicz at UFC 291. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter UFC Japan

Alex Poatán derrotou Jan Blachowicz No. UFC 291. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter UFC Japan

Jan Blachowicz can jump the queue and be the next opponent of Alex Poatán in contention for the UFC light heavyweight belt (up to 93kg). The Pole, an experienced veteran with 40 professional MMA fights, wants to regain his place at the top of the division and, despite coming off a defeat against the Brazilian himself, he has a clear path that can be made easier.

Therefore, the SUPER FIGHTS brought together reasons that could make Poatan x Blachowicz real for the current champion's streak at the top of the category, including the possibility of not having to face Magomed Ankalayev or even have the move up to heavyweight (up to 120,2kg.) as part of the near future.


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The first reason is, precisely, the defeat to Poatan. The fight, held in July 2023, was marked by a balanced confrontation and a split decision from the judges that generated controversy. Despite the adverse result, Blachowicz was competitive and bravely resisted the Brazilian's blows, demonstrating that he still has firewood to burn.

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The opportunity to witness Poatan's victory over Jiri Prochazka No. UFC 303 rekindled the desire for a rematch with Blachowicz. The Pole, confident in his abilities and motivated by his history of success in tiebreaker fights, took to social media to express his interest in a new meeting with the Brazilian.


“I never lost a rematch. And I won’t,” wrote Blachowicz on his official “X” (formerly Twitter) account.


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Jan's firm stance, added to the fact that Alex's manager, Jorge Guimarães, known as Joinha, had also indicated the Pole as a potential next opponent for the Brazilian, places the veteran in a prominent position in the dispute for the welterweight title. heavy.

The injury that took him out of the fight against Aleksandar rakic in January this year opens space for a strategic maneuver by the UFC, which may choose to respond to Blachowicz's outcry and promote the rematch in an event with great appeal.


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