‘King of Cieszyn’ Jan Błachowicz to defend title in champion vs. champion superfight

In what has been described as the most anticipated clash of the year, the bout will see Błachowicz entering as underdog to Nigerian-born New Zealander Israel Adesanya in Las Vegas on Saturday. Maciej Cholewiński/PAP

MMA world champion Jan Błachowicz will defend his UFC Light-Heavyweight title on Saturday when he collides with Nigerian-born New Zealander Israel Adesanya.

In what has been described as the most anticipated clash of the year, the Las Vegas bout will see Błachowicz entering as underdog to the middleweight champion who is moving up in weight class. 

Błachowicz made history last year when he became only the third man in the last decade to win the UFC’s Light-Heavyweight title.Leszek Szymański/PAP

But the 38-year-old dubbed the King of Cieszyn has promised ‘fireworks’, telling Just Scrap Radio: “He will be faster than me, but speed is not everything. I have something for him, I am preparing something nice for him. 

“We do a lot of wrestling so maybe I will take him down. But, I like fighting standup and every fight starts standing. 


“If I have a chance to take him down I will do it.”

Błachowicz made history last year when he became only the third man in the last decade to win the UFC’s Light-Heavyweight title.

The dad-of-one recently revealed his unique pre-fight ritual, saying: “Before my fight I would go and touch the noose of a man I found hanged in the woods. 

The 38-year-old dubbed the King of Cieszyn has promised ‘fireworks’ at the fight on Saturday.Press materials

“Now someone made it into a bracelet for me in case the tree was cut down or someone took it. I touched this rope before my last seven fights and it has helped me to victory. 

“Now I can pass on the bracelet to my son and touch it whenever I need good luck. 

“It only brings luck if you believe and I believe.”