Jan Blachowicz: Nationality, ethnicity and pronunciation

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Jan Blachowicz is easily one of the most powerful fighters the UFC has witnessed. He’s famous for taking out his opponents in the Octagon and no UFC or MMA fan can ignore his ability to take down with one punch.

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The 38-year-old fighter quickly rose to fame and enjoys a huge following on social media. After overcoming obstacles early in his UFC career and proving all his skeptics wrong, he thrived as a fighter and won the light heavyweight belt at UFC 253.

However, where does it come from and how do you pronounce its name?

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 04: (LR) Opponents Jan Blachowicz of Poland and Israel Adesanya of Nigeria face off during the UFC 259 press conference at UFC APEX on March 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada . (Photo by Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC)

The 6 ‘2’ ‘tall fighter is from Cieszyn, Poland, and was born to Polish parents. Its name often confuses people because the pronunciation is different; Jan Blachowicz is pronounced like “Yan Blah-oh-veech”. He is the first Polish UFC male champion. He is also the second Polish UFC champion, after Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the former UFC strawweight champion.

Born February 24, 1983, Blachowicz has always had a keen interest in martial arts; action movies inspired him. As a result, he started training in judo from an early age. When he made his MMA debut in 2007, he lost. However, he continued to train and got past his early failures.

Jan Blachowicz – Journey as a Mixed Martial Artist

Before the UFC, Blachowicz was part of KSW. In November 2011, he won the KSW light heavyweight title. He was an integral part of the promotion until he decided to make it to the UFC in 2014. His first fight was with Ilir Latifi, and he won by delivering a punch.

Blachowicz’s first fight was crushing, but later suffered four losses in five fights. He turned that slippage with a dominant run of four wins, before losing to Thiago Santos. After that, as he beat Luke Rockhold, Jacare Souza, Corey Anderson, Dominick Reyes and Israel Adesanya.

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With an impressive save knocking out fighters in the Octagon, the Pole has become one of the most feared MMA fighters.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jan Blachowicz of Poland reacts after defeating Luke Rockhold of the United States by TKO during their UFC 239 Light Heavyweight fight at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

‘The Polish Power’ has already accomplished a lot in a short period of time by constantly improving and reinventing itself. He seems to have a natural gift for overcoming any difficulty. It would be exciting to see how the next few years of his career unfold.

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What do you think of the Polish starfighter and his MMA career so far? Can he continue his dominance when he defends his belt against Glover Teixeira at UFC 267? Let us know in the comments below.


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