Anderson and Blachowicz face off in a rematch of a fight at UFC 191 where Anderson won via unanimous decision. Both fighters have been surging at 205 pounds and the winner of Saturday’s fight could receive the next title shot at light heavyweight.
Check out the UFC Rio Rancho live blog below.
Round 1: Herb Dean oversees the action. They trade jabs early, and Blachowicz goes to the legs. Anderson advances and feints, pushing with the jab before whiffing on a right. Blachowicz tries a lead hook and settles on a jab. Anderson rushes for a takedown setup and peels off instead with a punch. Blachowicz waiting for the counter, taking jabs. Front kicks push him back. Lunging combo from Blachowicz is telegraphed. Another charge is blocked. Anderson staying calm and sticking with his jab. Lead body shot for Anderson, and Blachowicz counters with a left hook. Anderson grabs a leg as Blachowicz double-jabs. Lead uppercut from Blachowicz good. Right hand counter from Blachowicz drops Anderson, and a follow-up hammerfist seals the deal. Replay shows Anderson was too close on a leg kick, and Blachowicz countered perfectly with a hook.
Official result: Jan Blachowicz def. Corey Anderson via KO (punch) - Round 1, 3:08