A key light heavyweight bout between perennial division contenders Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz headlined tonight’s UFC Rio Rancho event.
Tonight’s bout served as a rematch, as Anderson and Blachowicz had previously collided at UFC 191 with ‘Overtime’ emerging victorious by way of decision.
Corey Anderson (13-4 MMA) entered tonight’s UFC Rio Rancho main event on a four-fight win streak, his latest being a first round TKO victory over Johnny Walker at UFC 244.
Meanwhile, Jan Blachowicz (25-8 MMA) was coming off a split-decision victory over Ronaldo Souza in his most recent Octagon appearance. Prior to that, the ‘Prince of Cieszyn’ had scored a sensational knockout victory over former middleweight title holder Luke Rockhold.
Tonight’s UFC Rio Rancho main event did not last long. After a competitive opening couple of minutes, Jan Blachowicz was able to floor Corey Anderson with a right hand. A follow up punch ensured that ‘Beastin’ was out cold and forced the referee to step in and call a stop to the action. With his emphatic first round victory, Jan Blachowicz has made a strong case for the next title opportunity opposite Jon Jones.
Official UFC Rio Rancho Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Corey Anderson via KO in Round 1
Check out how the pros reacted to Blachowicz defeating Anderson below:
Ok main event time. Let’s see if there’s any more controversy #UFCRioRancho
— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) February 16, 2020
At this point I just hope there is another DQ.
— Olivier Aubin (@oliaubin) February 16, 2020
— Thiago Marreta (@TMarretaMMA) February 16, 2020
Who would you like to see Jan Blachowicz fight next following his KO victory over Corey Anderson at tonight’s UFC event in New Mexico? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!
This article first appeared on BJPENN.com February 15, 2020
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