Jan Blachowicz is the new UFC light heavyweight champion of the world after crushing Dominick Reyes in the co-main event of UFC 253 on pay-per-view (PPV) from Abu Dhabi.
At the start of 2020, few would have expected a vacant light heavyweight title, and the exodus of Jon Jones from the 205lb division. Then again, few would have expected any of what’s happened this year, so perhaps that’s not surprising. In any case, Jones has made his exit, and at UFC 253 on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz made their case to be the first UFC light heavyweight champ not named Jones ro Cormier since 2011.
Blachowicz opened things up with a leg kick and kick to the body. A big left hand connected from Reyes, and he followed up with a leg kick. Blachowicz connected with a kick and hook combination. A nice kick to the body landed for Reyes, and Blachowicz fired back with a big hook and kick to the body. Another kick to the body landed for Blachowicz, Reyes landed a kick to the body to end the round.
In the second round, Reyes opened up much more aggressive. A few leg kicks connected for Reyes but Blachowicz responded with a big combination, ending with a head kick. More leg kicks from Reyes, but he’s showing bad bruising from the kicks of Blachowicz on his body. Blachowicz unloads on Reyes, seemingly breaking his nose. Blachowicz smelled blood and blitz forward, wobbling Reyes, dropping him, and finally finishing him off.
Official Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Dominick Reyes via R2 TKO (punches, 4:36)