Anthony Smith Was Offered To Fight Against Jan Blachowicz Several Hours After UFC 267
In Abu Dhabi, another amazing UFC event took place. This time, the headlining of the UFC PPV’s card was a light heavyweight title bout between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira.
Jan already defended his title against Israel Adesanya, but it was his first-ever defense against a true light heavyweight contender. However, Brazilian did a great job and dethroned “Legendary Polish Power” in the second round and proved that he has one of the most brutal ground games in this business.
Jan was very disappointed by his performance, he could not defend himself from the takedown in the first round, and he even was stunned by Glover’s left hook in the second round.
As he said after the fight, he “left the legendary polish power in the hotel,” but after several hours, he already started thinking about a new battle and getting in the title shot line again.
He wanted to fight as soon as possible, so UFC started working on the fight between Jan Blachowicz and Anthony Smith. It is an excellent opportunity for both fighters because defeating the #1 contender and former champion is a great opportunity to earn the title shot.
Anthony himself said he wanted to fight with Rakic, but he has some injuries, and fighting with Jan in February makes sense.
“Sounds like we got someone else. I’m kind of liking this Jan Blachowicz fight. They brought it to me that night. He wants to fight again, he wants to fight soon,” Smith said. “I’m not crazy injured, I’m just dealing with little stuff and an infection. As long as we can get the infection cleared, I don’t think February is out of the question.”
“Yeah, for sure, I love that fight, and I like that guy. I want the Rakic fight, I want that back, but I don’t think he wants to wait so if he wants to go in and fight someone else, that is fine. I like the Jan Blachowicz fight,” Smith said.
The light heavyweight division is getting more interesting; there are many new schools, hungry prospects like Jiri Prochazka, Aleksandar Rakic, Magomed Ankalaev, and old-school veteran fighters like current champion Glover Teixeira, former champion Jan Blachowicz, and former title challenger Anthony Smith.