Coming into his fight inside the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Corey Anderson was talking all week about how dominant of a fighter he is. From calling out Jon Jones to dismissing Jan Błachowicz, Anderson was hyping himself up. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t do anything in the octagon to increase his value.
In the very first round, Błachowicz knocked out Anderson following a vicious punch. With the win, Błachowicz might have secured an opportunity to face Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.
Looking to avenge the loss he took against Anderson (13-5) at UFC 191 in 2015, Blachowicz (26-8) did not waste any time. The Polish star knocked Anderson out with a shot that sent Anderson immediately down to the canvas. After the bout, Blachowicz called out Jones, who was sitting in the front row.
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The UFC Light heavyweight scene is in an interesting spot, especially after Jones’ controversial win over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. When Blachowcz called Jones out, he said Jones promised him a title fight if he won his fight. For Jones, he was happy Anderson was able to go down easily, while also breaking down his potential opponent.
“I was happy to see Corey eat his words,” Jones to reporters backstage, via MMA Fighting. “He’s been talking so much trash, and then to go out there and perform the way he did, yeah. Oh yeah, Jan (is a worthy opponent). He’s got great knockout power. He’s very technical. His fundamentals are very sharp, and yeah, I think he’s going to make a great opponent.
“I can totally see the UFC matching us up. What better way to make a claim for the title than a knockout like that. I’ve got a feeling the UFC’s going to giving me a call really soon.”
Blachowcz is now on a three-fight win streak, and is 7-1 in his last eight fights. This was also his seventh win via knockout. The loss ends Anderson’s four-fight win streak.
Main Card (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
Jan Błachowicz def. Corey Anderson via KO (3:08 into round one)
Diego Sanchez def. Michael Pereira via DQ (illegal knee, round three)
Montana De La Rosa def. Mara Romero Borella via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brok Weaver def. Kazula Vargas via DQ (illegal knee, round one)
Ray Borg def. Rogerio Bontorin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
Lando Vannata def. Yancy Edeiros via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)
Daniel Rodriguez def. Tim Means via guillotine choke (3:37 into round two)
John Dodson def. Nathaniel Wood via TKO (:16 into round three)
Scott Holtzman def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Devin Clark def. Dequan Townsend via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Merab Dvalishvilli def. Casey Kenney via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 29-28)
Macy Chiasson def. Shanna Young via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Raulian Paiva def. Mark De La Rosa via TKO (4:42 into round two)