‘Sometimes it’s hard coming back in great shape’

Jan Blachowicz is of the opinion that the long layoff will have an effect on Jamahal Hill‘s match against Alex Pereira.

A lot of people anticipate that Hill (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will be next in line to face the newly crowned light heavyweight champion Pereira (9-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC), who achieved a knockout victory over Jiri Prochazka on Nov. 11, claiming the vacant belt at UFC 295.

Having lost to Pereira in a close decision that he thought he won, Blachowicz (29-10-1 MMA, 12-7-1 UFC) believes “Poatan” has the edge over Hill, who is returning after an achilles tendon rupture that required surgery.

Blachowicz is keen on a rematch with Pereira. If he comes out on top against Aleksandar Rakic in their rematch at UFC 297 on Jan. 20, he aims to be the No. 1 contender.

Blachowicz is even willing to be the reserve fighter for the title match between Pereira and Hill, saying “I can be a backup fighter, no problem. You just sit over there waiting, watch the fight, and they give you some money. So, why not?”

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 297.

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie


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