Thiago Santos is not all too impressed with Jan Blachowicz run to the UFC light heavyweight champion.
Santos is fighting Glover Teixeira on November 7 and whoever wins the bout is expected to be next in line for UFC light heavyweight division champion Jan Blachowicz. Santos, who defeated Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night Prague, does not notice the difference between the new and old Blachowicz.
“I didn’t see him so different,” Santos told MMA Junkie. “Sure, he has more experience. Everyone tries to learn and improve their game, but I didn’t see such a difference between Blachowicz now and Blachowicz who I fought before. Every fight is different, but sure I’m going to lay down the hammer, I’m going to try and knock him out, and sure I can do this. I can knock everyone out. It’s what I like to do. It’s what I usually do with my opponents.”
The fighter, after defeating Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night Prague, would lose to then UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 239. Blachowicz became the new UFC light heavyweight champion at UFC 253 and it is a victory that Santos predicted.
“I told my friends, people close to me, and I knew Blachowicz could win the fight by TKO, so I called it,” Santos said. “I knew before. Blachowicz has hands, has power, and Dominick should have moved more. He wasn’t moving well; I felt he was a little bit strange. He did the wrong game. He should have moved, but he went to fight, and Blachowicz he’s good in 50-50 fight, he’s dangerous. He has hands, so I think Dominick did the wrong game (plan) and Blachowicz did what he should do.”
UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira takes place on Saturday, November 7 from a location to be announced with Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, while broadcast plans have yet to be announced.