Jan Blachowicz, Jon Jones. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Jones welcomes title defence against Jan Blachowicz following KO win

"I think he’s going to make a great opponent"

After that Polish striker Jan Blachowicz scored a huge, first round knockout this weekend, UFC champ Jon Jones welcomes a title fight. 

This weekend the next title challenger at light heavyweight may very well have been solidified. If you ask UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, then Jan Blachowicz has done enough to secure a worthy shot at the title.

Blachowicz and Corey Anderson met in a rematch in the main event at UFC Rio Rancho this weekend. It was a big fight with title implications, as both were nearing the top of the division. Anderson won the first 2015 match up via decision, but Blachowicz wouldn’t need the judges in the rematch. Halfway through the first round Blachowicz connected with a short overhand right and following ground and pound that ended the bout.

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Following the KO, Jones told media in attendance that he sees Blachowicz as a worthy title contender, and welcomes a title defence against the Pole.

“I was happy to see Corey eat his words,” Jones said backstage at UFC Rio Rancho. “He’s been talking so much trash, and then to go out there and perform the way he did, yeah. Oh yeah, Jan (is a worthy opponent). He’s got great knockout power. He’s very technical. His fundamentals are very sharp, and yeah, I think he’s going to make a great opponent.

“I can totally see the UFC matching us up,” Jones added. “What better way to make a claim for the title than a knockout like that. I’ve got a feeling the UFC’s going to giving me a call really soon.”

Jones most recently defended his title against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. It was a close, competitive fight, and while many felt that Reyes deserved the nod Jones won via unanimous decision. Blachowicz now sits on a three fight winning streak including an impressive KO over former UFC champ Luke Rockhold.

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