‘I like to eat… I don’t like cutting weight’: UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz reveals he ‘has fire inside’ to move up a division and compete in mega-fights with Jon Jones or Francis Ngannou
- UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz would be willing to move up
- The Polish fighter is targeting mega-fights with Jon Jones or Francis Ngannou
- Blachowicz beat middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 in Vegas
- He is now looking for 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 either 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 over where the Pole will go next and he has admitted he would be prepared to move up to heavyweight for a blockbuster showdown with either of the division’s two biggest names.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz would be willing to move up a weight class
Heavyweight duo Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou are currently embroiled in a spat
‘If the UFC gives me Jon Jones I would be happy,’ Blachowicz told RT Sport.
‘If not, I will be happy about my next opponent. I think my next opponent will be Glover Teixeira (at light heavyweight) but we will see.
‘I feel great, no injuries. I’ve still got fire inside me. I still enjoy the fights, I still like to do this.
‘It’s not only my job it’s my passion, my hobby, something that I love to do. So yeah, when I finish my career it’s gonna be at heavyweight.
‘I like to eat, I like food. I don’t like cutting weight but I have to do this right now.
‘But in the end of my career I will finish my career at heavyweight. And I would like to just try to fight against the bigger guys.’
Jones is looking to add to his legacy having dominated at light-heavyweight for so long
Jones relinquished the light heavyweight title and moved up to heavyweight last year just when a fight with Blachowicz appeared to be on the cards.
Beating Jones at heavyweight would not only be a huge draw for the UFC’s audience, but it would also cement Blachowicz as the undisputed light heavyweight title holder after Jones walked away from the division.
Jones is currently embroiled in a contract stand-off with UFC and wants significantly more than £7million to fight Ngannou in what would be the biggest heavyweight encounter in UFC history.
Ngannou’s savage KO of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 cleared the path to a mega-fight with ‘Bones’ but the American is once again at loggerheads with his employers over pay.
Blachowicz produced a dominant display to defend his title against Israel Adesanya last month
If Jones fails to agree 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 into the ring and revealed he would also be willing to step up to heavyweight for a fight with Ngannou.
He added: ‘If UFC sends me, ‘You want to fight against Francis?’ why not?
‘I don’t have time for don’t accept fight like this. If they want to make fight like this, I would accept it, no problem.
‘He’s got amazing power. He’s got power like Predator. He has great power but nobody has power like Legendary Polish Power.’
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