It’s not that they aren’t proud of their accomplishments, but having come a longer and harder path to claim championship gold, the Polish star seems to be reveling in residing a little more at the top of the league. one of the renowned divisions in the history of the promotion. than his younger colleagues.
“It’s been a long journey for me,” began Blachowicz, who defends his title for the second time this year at this weekend’s UFC 267 main event in Abu Dhabi against fellow veteran Glover Teixeira. “I had problems in my career because I lost a few fights, but I never surrendered, I never said that I had stopped believing in myself and in my legendary Polish power.
“I knew that in the future I would be the champion – I just had to wait, figure out how to do it, and I did; I am the world champion.
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What Blachowicz calls “a few fights” was a five-fight streak where he earned just one win, leaving him 2-4 in his first six UFC appearances after amassing a mark. of 17-3 before moving into the KSW Octagon.
Although he overcame quality opposition while winning the Championship gold for the elite European promotion and opened his UFC career with a resounding first round victory over Ilir Latifi following a Dull kick to the body, that stretch, which featured a decision double the losses on either side of a win over Igor Pokrajac, left many wondering if Blachowicz was a highly regarded European fighter who just couldn’t handle it. cut when competing against the absolute best in the sport.
In the 10 fights since suffering a majority decision loss to Patrick Cummins at UFC 210 – the final fight in this gruesome five-fight streak – Blachowicz has gone 9-1 and leads a five-game winning streak in his clash with Teixeira on Saturday.
“It was a tough time for me – really tough – but I’m the type of person who after losing a fight I don’t hide under the bed and cry; I just have to find what went wrong, ”said Blachowicz, who marked the first anniversary of his title win in September with a post on Instagram, and looks forward to the chance to return to Abu Dhabi for his second. title defense this weekend. “I started to study all my fights: what I was doing before when I was winning fights, and what I was doing when I started losing fights and I don’t like training, I does not smell of fire. Why? What was that?
“I connected the dots correctly and found what was wrong,” continued the 38-year-old defending champion. “I changed gym a few times, and it was a few mistakes. I went back to my old coach, I went back to my roots, and I was doing exactly what I was doing when I won almost all of my fights, and it works.