October 21, 2021

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John Blachovich calls Jon Jones after winning the lightweight heavyweight title with a knockout over Dominic Reyes

John Blachovich calls Jon Jones after winning the lightweight heavyweight title with a knockout over Dominic Reyes

Received the new king crown in the UFC Light Heavyweight division John Blachovich Climbed the throne with a second round knockout over Dominic Reese.

Demonstrating what he called his legendary Polish power, Blachovich crushed Reyes’ nose during an exchange, and then ended the fight with a powerful left hand that knocked the title contender to the ground twice. Two more punches followed, but the fight ended when Blachovich began to celebrate his victory to win the vacant 205-pound championship.

“This is nothing new to me,” Blachovich said after winning UFC 253. “It’s fun. Soon I’m going to be a father. This is what I’m so afraid of but I ‘m really happy. I’re ready for everything.

A lot of kicks were thrown from the light heavyweights in the opening round as Reese and Blachovich looked to set the pace. Blachovich is a more agile fighter as he aims at the body with those kicks and then goes back to the head with his punches.

By the end of the first round, a repeated kick from Blachovic caused a heavy Welt towards Reyes.

As time went on Reyes began to scream with greater volume, while Blachovich continued to connect with better overall strikes. As Blachovich advanced with the stinging combination it distorted Reyes’ nose across his face, including a punch.

A moment later, Blachovicz advanced with another punch, including his left hand, which collapsed in Reyes’ jaw and sent it to the canvas. Blachovich threw powerful shots until the referee pulled him away from Reyes to stop the fight.

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Blachovic has not had an easy road to winning UFC gold, but with an 8-1 record in the last nine fights, including four wins in a row, he is now settled as a lightweight champion by knockout.

Blachovich has not forgotten in the past about the man who surrendered the belt earlier this year with the intention of testing himself in the heavyweight division.

Jon Jones Where are you Blachovic cried over the former champion. “I’m here. In Poland we do this. I’m waiting for you.”