Jan Blachowicz challenges Daniel Cormier to comeback fight: ‘I’ll teach you some respect’

Jan Blachowicz | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If Jan Blachowicz can’t get his hands on Jon Jones, he has another former UFC champion in mind for a future title defense. Blachowicz won the undisputed light heavyweight championship at UFC 253 this past Saturday with a second-round TKO of Dominick Reyes. The title had been vacated by Jones, and Blachowicz’s win made him the first man not named Jones or Daniel Cormier to hold the belt since March 2011. Immediately after his win, Blachowicz called for a fight with Jones, who teased having a mutual interest despite making overtures towards the heavyweight division recently. On Tuesday, Blachowicz followed up that callout with one directed at Cormier. Hey @dc_mma! If you have so much to say about me, get your fat ass off the couch and come to the Octagon. I'll teach you some respect. pic.twitter.com/cBVl1shLY3— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) September 29, 2020 “Hey [Cormier]!” Blachowicz wrote. “If you have so much to say about me, get your fat ass off the couch and come to the Octagon. I’ll teach you some respect.” The callout was accompanied by an animated GIF of a shirtless Cormier dancing, which originated from a satirical music video filmed in 2015 for the Fighters Only World MMA Awards. Like Jones, Cormier is not currently expected to compete at 205 pounds anytime soon. The former two-division UFC titleholder officially announced his retirement in August following the conclusion of a heavyweight championship trilogy with rival Stipe Miocic. There are several possible explanations for Blachowicz’s callout. Cormier sent out a brief clip on social media shortly after Blachowicz’s win, in which he referred to Blachowicz as being “a bit slow” but was otherwise highly complimentary of the Polish star. All hail the king!! @janblachowicz is the new ufc champion. My goodness pic.twitter.com/56K4BgCe1h— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 27, 2020 Speaking to ESPN on Monday, Cormier suggested that Blachowicz would be an underdog in fights against himself or Jones. “If I’m Jones, I’m doing it,” Cormier said of Blachowicz’s Saturday night callout. “I’m doing it if I’m Jones... Jones beats Blachowicz. (He’s) too slow to beat (Jones). The thing about Jones that people don’t realize he’s got a good chin. You can hit him. I hit him. A lot of us hit him. He can take punches, man. If Jan Blachowicz is out there and he’s too slow, Jones will pick him apart. God, I can’t believe it. “Look, if I was still fighting at 205 or if I was still fighting today and you said, ‘DC, you can fight Jan Blachowicz,’ I’d probably fight Jan Blachowicz. No disrespect, just because I think... it’s surprising, right? When you have the footage of people getting old victories over him, you think you can do it too. Any fighter does. And if you’re a guy like myself or Jones, then, of course, you think you can beat him. That’s why Jones will go fight him.” Cormier responded to Blachowicz’s response with his own tweet on Tuesday, essentially defusing the situation. No chance champ, congrats on a big win. You’re the man! You’re the king now, you shouldn’t worry bout what an old retired man is saying. Great job getting that title! https://t.co/9upejqah5P— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 29, 2020 “No chance champ, congrats on a big win,” Cormier wrote. “You’re the man! You’re the king now, you shouldn’t worry bout what an old retired man is saying. Great job getting that title! In all likelihood, Blachowicz is just hunting for big names to add to his title fight resume. He has now won eight of his last nine fights, with notable victories over Reyes, Corey Anderson, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Luke Rockhold, Jimi Manuwa, and Jared Cannonier.

Jan Blachowicz challenges Daniel Cormier to comeback fight: ‘I’ll teach you some respect’
Jan Blachowicz | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

If Jan Blachowicz can’t get his hands on Jon Jones, he has another former UFC champion in mind for a future title defense.

Blachowicz won the undisputed light heavyweight championship at UFC 253 this past Saturday with a second-round TKO of Dominick Reyes. The title had been vacated by Jones, and Blachowicz’s win made him the first man not named Jones or Daniel Cormier to hold the belt since March 2011.

Immediately after his win, Blachowicz called for a fight with Jones, who teased having a mutual interest despite making overtures towards the heavyweight division recently. On Tuesday, Blachowicz followed up that callout with one directed at Cormier.

“Hey [Cormier]!” Blachowicz wrote. “If you have so much to say about me, get your fat ass off the couch and come to the Octagon. I’ll teach you some respect.”

The callout was accompanied by an animated GIF of a shirtless Cormier dancing, which originated from a satirical music video filmed in 2015 for the Fighters Only World MMA Awards.

Like Jones, Cormier is not currently expected to compete at 205 pounds anytime soon. The former two-division UFC titleholder officially announced his retirement in August following the conclusion of a heavyweight championship trilogy with rival Stipe Miocic.

There are several possible explanations for Blachowicz’s callout. Cormier sent out a brief clip on social media shortly after Blachowicz’s win, in which he referred to Blachowicz as being “a bit slow” but was otherwise highly complimentary of the Polish star.

Speaking to ESPN on Monday, Cormier suggested that Blachowicz would be an underdog in fights against himself or Jones.

“If I’m Jones, I’m doing it,” Cormier said of Blachowicz’s Saturday night callout. “I’m doing it if I’m Jones... Jones beats Blachowicz. (He’s) too slow to beat (Jones). The thing about Jones that people don’t realize he’s got a good chin. You can hit him. I hit him. A lot of us hit him. He can take punches, man. If Jan Blachowicz is out there and he’s too slow, Jones will pick him apart. God, I can’t believe it.

“Look, if I was still fighting at 205 or if I was still fighting today and you said, ‘DC, you can fight Jan Blachowicz,’ I’d probably fight Jan Blachowicz. No disrespect, just because I think... it’s surprising, right? When you have the footage of people getting old victories over him, you think you can do it too. Any fighter does. And if you’re a guy like myself or Jones, then, of course, you think you can beat him. That’s why Jones will go fight him.”

Cormier responded to Blachowicz’s response with his own tweet on Tuesday, essentially defusing the situation.

“No chance champ, congrats on a big win,” Cormier wrote. “You’re the man! You’re the king now, you shouldn’t worry bout what an old retired man is saying. Great job getting that title!

In all likelihood, Blachowicz is just hunting for big names to add to his title fight resume. He has now won eight of his last nine fights, with notable victories over Reyes, Corey Anderson, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Luke Rockhold, Jimi Manuwa, and Jared Cannonier.

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Jon Jones opens as big favorite over Israel Adesanya in future matchup

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones may or may not be headed to heavyweight – but he’s already a big favorite if he winds up tussling with Israel Adesanya. Betting lines released on Monday by online sportsbook Bovada have Jones the -375 favorite over middleweight champ Adesanya, who defended his belt in dominant fashion at UFC 253 – and yet is a +285 underdog. Those odds mean Jones has 79 percent chance of winning the fight while Adesanya has a 26 percent chance, according to the odds’ implied probabilities. Long before Adesanya wrecked Paulo Costa in two rounds this past Saturday in Abu Dhabi, he and Jones have exchanged unpleasantries online and in several interviews. Both eventually backed away from the rhetoric that might put them on a collision course, but they occasionally sniped at each other, aided in no small part by reporters inquiring about the fantasy matchup. And even before UFC 253, UFC President Dana White didn’t shut the door on the fight, saying Jones’ path wasn’t determined and Adesanya could face the ex-champ with a win over Costa. Adesanya, meanwhile, said Jones was still “part of my plan,” though perhaps not any time soon. “Why would he or anyone else expect me to move up in weight, when I just got the belt, rather than defend my belt like he has and create a legacy before jumping up in weight?” he said at a virtual media day for UFC 253. At the post-fight press conference for UFC 253, Adesanya again referenced an eventual showdown with Jones, ensuring a response from “Bones,” who live-tweeted UFC 253’s co-headliner between Jan Blachowicz and Dominick Reyes for the vacant belt and clapped back at the middleweight champ. View this post on Instagram BUT what? You’ve stepped into the ring over 100 times now and you’re still not ready!? You have a youth advantage and like four times the fighting experience. The truth is you’re already my pussy, you love being undefeated and you’ve seen what’s happened to everyone else. It raises your stock to mention my name, you’re aware of this. You don’t want real confrontation with me, I’m not gonna just stand there and kickbox with you. I’ve been preparing for heavyweights, right around now I would literally tear one of your arms off A post shared by BONY (@jonnybones) on Sep 28, 2020 at 12:41pm PDT Adesanya expects to defend his title next against Jared Cannonier, whom he immediately called out as the rightful challenger to the belt. Jones, who relinquished his light heavyweight title after a dispute over pay, has been penciled in for a shot at Stipe Miocic. The heavyweight champ has expressed no preference over Jones or one-time title challenger Francis Ngannou, who’s battled back into No. 1 contender position.

Jon Jones opens as big favorite over Israel Adesanya in future matchup
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones may or may not be headed to heavyweight – but he’s already a big favorite if he winds up tussling with Israel Adesanya.

Betting lines released on Monday by online sportsbook Bovada have Jones the -375 favorite over middleweight champ Adesanya, who defended his belt in dominant fashion at UFC 253 – and yet is a +285 underdog.

Those odds mean Jones has 79 percent chance of winning the fight while Adesanya has a 26 percent chance, according to the odds’ implied probabilities.

Long before Adesanya wrecked Paulo Costa in two rounds this past Saturday in Abu Dhabi, he and Jones have exchanged unpleasantries online and in several interviews. Both eventually backed away from the rhetoric that might put them on a collision course, but they occasionally sniped at each other, aided in no small part by reporters inquiring about the fantasy matchup.

And even before UFC 253, UFC President Dana White didn’t shut the door on the fight, saying Jones’ path wasn’t determined and Adesanya could face the ex-champ with a win over Costa.

Adesanya, meanwhile, said Jones was still “part of my plan,” though perhaps not any time soon.

“Why would he or anyone else expect me to move up in weight, when I just got the belt, rather than defend my belt like he has and create a legacy before jumping up in weight?” he said at a virtual media day for UFC 253.

At the post-fight press conference for UFC 253, Adesanya again referenced an eventual showdown with Jones, ensuring a response from “Bones,” who live-tweeted UFC 253’s co-headliner between Jan Blachowicz and Dominick Reyes for the vacant belt and clapped back at the middleweight champ.

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BUT what? You’ve stepped into the ring over 100 times now and you’re still not ready!? You have a youth advantage and like four times the fighting experience. The truth is you’re already my pussy, you love being undefeated and you’ve seen what’s happened to everyone else. It raises your stock to mention my name, you’re aware of this. You don’t want real confrontation with me, I’m not gonna just stand there and kickbox with you. I’ve been preparing for heavyweights, right around now I would literally tear one of your arms off

A post shared by BONY (@jonnybones) on

Adesanya expects to defend his title next against Jared Cannonier, whom he immediately called out as the rightful challenger to the belt. Jones, who relinquished his light heavyweight title after a dispute over pay, has been penciled in for a shot at Stipe Miocic. The heavyweight champ has expressed no preference over Jones or one-time title challenger Francis Ngannou, who’s battled back into No. 1 contender position.

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