After stopping Corey Anderson in the first round, Blachowicz walked to the cage and spoke directly to champ Jon Jones, who was in the crowd attending the event at San Ana Star Center, which resides a short drive from his adopted hometown of Albuquerque, N.M.
The UFC caught the exchange on video.
“You promise me?” Blachowicz yelled at Jones, who beat his best and waved on the Polish fighter and mouthed yes before standing on his chair and pumping up the crowd.
In an interview backstage, Jones, just one week removed from a controversial title defense against Dominick Reyes, appeared to welcome a new challenge. He also dissed Anderson, who once confronted him at an autograph signing.
“I was happy to see Corey eat his words,” Jones said. “He’s been talking so much trash, and then to go out there and perform the way he did, yeah. Oh yeah, Jan (is a worthy opponent). He’s got great knockout power. He’s very technical. His fundamentals are very sharp, and yeah, I think he’s going to make a great opponent.
“I can totally see the UFC matching us up. What better way to make a claim for the title than a knockout like that. I’ve got a feeling the UFC’s going to giving me a call really soon.”
Informed that Blachowicz has better takedown accuracy – or more accurately, “grappling accuracy,” which he holds a 52 to 47 advantage per UFC stats – Jones questioned the stat and cited his superior 95 percent takedown defense.
“Whoever I fight, I’m excited,” Jones said. “I’m ready to go. I’m fully healed from my last fight, as you can see. No black eyes. Face, body, mind, heart is ready, so let’s do this.”