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Jan Blachowicz vows to make another run at UFC title: ‘I’m not a coward, I will not quit’ – MMA Root



Jan Blachowicz vows to make another run at UFC title: ‘I’m not a coward, I will not quit’

It took Jan Blachovic years to become one of the most amazing UFC champions, and he strives to do his best to win gold again.

Blakhovich lost his light heavyweight title to Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, losing by rear naked choke in the second round. Outside of several competitive exchanges, Teixeira controlled the action with his wrestling and jiu-jitsu before ending the fight on the ground.

Speaking to the media after the fight, Blakhovich had no answers to his disappointing performance.

“My performance today was terrible,” Blachovich said at a press conference after the fight at UFC 267. “I don’t know. I wasn’t the champion today, he was. He is.”

“I don’t know, I need time to think, but something must have been wrong,” he added. “It wasn’t me. I don’t want to explain, he beat me, everyone can see it. This is not the end, I am not a quitter, I will not go anywhere, I will definitely come back here. I definitely need to rest, think a little, and I will definitely come back. I’m not a quitter, I’m not a coward, I’m not leaving. You will see me again in the octagon.

When Blakhovich was out of action, Teixeira blocked a choke strike in a matter of seconds. UFC 267 commentators and later reporters raised the possibility of Blachovic’s injury combined with what was an overall clear exit for the Polish star, who scored an impressive victory over UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

Blakhovic did not notice any major injuries, instead giving credit to Teixeira for showing his will in battle.

“Everything was fine,” Blakhovich said. “In the first round I think he will knock me down, but in any case I don’t feel bad in this position. I say ok, this round is for him now, the second round I will start working, I will do my job.

“But he won’t let me do that. He knocks me down and subdues me again. What else to say? I feel like shit, that’s all. “

Blachovich and Glover shared some polite words immediately after the fight, and Blachovich told Teixeira to appreciate the moment, the very moment Blachovich himself experienced last September when he beat Dominic Reyes to win the vacant UFC light heavyweight belt.

Given that Glover won his title the same week he celebrated his 42nd birthday, Blachovich is optimistic that his own time as a major rival is not over yet.

“He is three years older than me, so I have time to get this belt back, and this is what I would like to do in the future,” Blakhovich said.

“Let’s see what happens in the future,” he added when asked if he wants to win the championship against Teixeira. “I don’t know. If there is a possibility of a rematch, I would certainly like to have a rematch with [everyone I lost to before]… Firstly, now I have no chance of a rematch, now I need to prove that I have to come back and win a couple of fights. “