Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz is set on silencing Aleksandar Rakic with a decisive knockout at UFC 297 in Toronto. Their previous encounter at UFC Vegas 54 ended in a TKO victory for Blachowicz, who aims to repeat his success.
Rakic, eager for redemption, has pushed for a rematch, and the stage is now set for their second showdown. Blachowicz is confident that this time, the result will be even more convincing.
Jan Blachowicz Eyes Knockout at UFC 297 and Pereira Rematch Opportunity
“I think similar to our first fight but this time I just knock him out. Clear KO, nothing to say, nothing to do anymore. He’s going to have nothing to say after this,” expresses Blachowicz.
A potential knockout victory at UFC 297 would not only make a powerful statement for Blachowicz but also position him for a rematch with Alex Pereira. Blachowicz believes a win over Rakic should earn him the opportunity for redemption against Pereira, following their split decision bout in July.
“They have to give it to me. Our fight was split decision, and I believe the referee (the judges) made a bad decision. They have to give me this rematch. I believe if everything is perfect, my next fight will be against Pereira,” asserts Blachowicz.
Quotes taken from BJ Penn
Entering UFC 297 on the heels of a split decision loss to Pereira and a draw against Magomed Ankalaev for the vacant light heavyweight title, Blachowicz is determined to reclaim his status. He previously won the vacant heavyweight title and defended it against Israel Adesanya. However, he faced a setback with a submission loss to Glover Teixeira.
As the date approaches, Jan Blachowicz’s quest for victory against Aleksandar Rakic becomes a pivotal chapter in his journey to reclaim championship glory. Will he secure the knockout and pave the way for a rematch with Pereira? Share your thoughts below!
Feature image credits to Embed from Getty Images