Jan Blachowicz’s heart may have been called into question after some fans felt the Polish knockout artist was too quick to exploit his submission loss to Glover Teixeira in their light heavyweight title fight rather disappointing at UFC 267.
Blachowicz, 38, admits it wasn’t his best performance inside the Octagon on Saturday, but is adamant he didn’t give up against Teixeira after succumbing to a strangulation at the back in the second round.
“My performance today was horrible,” Blachowicz said at UFC 267 post-fight press conference (Going through MMA Fight). “I don’t know. I wasn’t champion today, he was. He is. I don’t know, I need some time to think about it, but sure something was wrong. not.
“It wasn’t me,” he added. “I don’t want to explain myself, he beat me, everyone sees him. It’s not over, I’m not a coward, I’m not going anywhere, I’ll be back here for sure. I need to rest for sure, to think a little, and I will definitely come back. I’m not a coward, I’m not a coward, I won’t stop. You will see me again in the Octagon.
Blachowicz definitely looked ‘off’ from the opening bell, but Teixeira, 42 – who is now the new king of the light heavyweight division – has proven to be superior in virtually every aspect of the martial arts. mixed on the night of the fight.
Blachowicz is currently No.7 in the UFC men’s pound for pound rankings and, prior to his title loss to UFC 267, was on a five-game winning streak with notable wins over Luke Rockhold, Dominick Reyes and Israel Adesanya. .