Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz shared his reaction to getting a chance to fight for the title again.
Blachowicz was originally scheduled to face top-ranked contender Magomed Ankalaev in the co-main event of UFC 282 on Dec. 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports reported that Jiri Prochazka was forced to withdraw from the headlining bout against former 205-pound titleholder Glover Teixeira after suffering a horrible shoulder injury.
Teixeira declined the opportunity to take on Ankalaev for the title, which made way for Blachowicz to get the main event slot and a title fight upgrade.
‘The Legendary Polish Power’ gave his take on the sudden change of events on Twitter this morning.
“That was the craziest several hours ever,” he wrote. “I left Warsaw to take part in the eliminator match, and a few hours later I’ve arrived as a title challenger. I’m ready. Keep fingers crossed. @jiri_bjp- huge respect for your conduct! Get well! #UFC282.”