‘I like to eat … I don’t like to lose weight’: UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz reveals he has ‘fire inside’ to climb a division and compete in mega fights with Jon Jones or Francis Ngannou
- UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz would be ready to rise
- The Polish fighter focuses on mega fights with Jon Jones or Francis Ngannou
- Blachowicz defeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 in Vegas
- He’s now looking forward to his next fight and ‘has fire inside’ to move up a weight class
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz has revealed he would be willing to move up a division to fight Jon Jones or Francis Ngannou.
Blachowicz produced a dominant display to defend his title last month when he defeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
There is now talk of where the Pole will go, and he has admitted that he would be willing to rise to heavyweight for a blockbuster hit with one of the division’s two biggest names.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz would be willing to raise a weight class
Heavyweight duo Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou are currently engaged in a feud
“If the UFC give me Jon Jones, I would be happy,” Blachowicz told RT Sport.
‘If not, I’m happy with my next opponent. I think my next opponent will be Glover Teixeira (with light heavyweight), but we’ll see.
‘I feel great, no injuries. I still have fire in me. I still enjoy the fights, I still enjoy doing this.
‘It’s not just my job, it’s my passion, my hobby, something that I enjoy doing. So yes, when I’m done with my career it will be tough.
‘I like to eat, I like to eat. I don’t like to lose weight, but I have to do this now.
But at the end of my career, I will finish my career in heavyweight. And I just want to try and fight the bigger guys. ‘
Jones is looking to add to his legacy, having dominated light heavyweight for so long
Jones gave up the light heavyweight title and moved up to heavyweight last year, just as a fight with Blachowicz appeared to be on the map.
Beating Jones in heavyweight would not only be a huge draw for the UFC audience, but it would also cement Blachowicz as the undisputed light heavyweight titleholder after Jones walked away from the division.
Jones is currently in a contract stalemate with the UFC and wants significantly more than £ 7 million to fight against Ngannou in what would become the biggest heavyweight encounter in UFC history.
Ngannou’s fierce KO of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 paved the way for a mega-fight with ‘Bones’, but the American is once again at odds with his employers over pay.
Blachowicz produced a dominant display last month to defend his title against Israel Adesanya
If Jones fails to negotiate a price with the UFC, they could be forced to move on and Derrick Lewis is another name in the frame for a title shot.
But Blachowicz has now thrown his hat in the ring, revealing that he would also be willing to go to heavyweight for a fight with Ngannou.
He added: ‘If UFC sends me,’ Do you want to fight Francis? ‘ why not?
‘I don’t have time not to accept this kind of fight. If they want to fight like that I would accept it, no problem.
‘He has tremendous strength. He has power as a Predator. He has a lot of power, but no one has more power than the legendary Polish power. ‘