“I came back to my old coach when the UFC was in Gdansk when I fought Devin Clark,” explained Blachowicz. “When I was with that coach, I won almost everything. When I came back to him, I’m where I am right now — one of the best fighters in the world.
“It’s a big difference,” he added. “I lost a couple fights and now I’ve won almost everything and I’m one of the best in the world, so it’s a big difference. My worst decision was that when I signed my UFC contract, I changed gyms. This was the worst decision in my sporting life. I came back to him and everything is moving in a good way now.”
It most certainly is.
Currently riding a two-fight winning streak and victorious in six of his last seven, Blachowicz is in a prime position to cement his position as a top contender in the light heavyweight ranks with a win on Saturday night in New Mexico.
Despite his impressive current form, however, discussion of this fight and what the future of the light heavyweight division looks like in the wake of last weekend’s title clash between Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes seems largely focused on Anderson, with Blachowicz being cast as a non-threatening obstacle in the former Ultimate Fighter winner’s path to title contention.
“I don’t care,” he said when asked about being somewhat overlooked by the public heading into this weekend’s main event. “I can be the underdog; I don’t care. The pressure is on Corey’s side, not on me, so I don’t care. It’s good for me.
“He beat me the first time and he knocked out Johnny Walker, so everybody thinks he’s much better than me, but they are wrong and I’ll prove that on Saturday,” he added. “They put pressure on him, not on me. My mind is clear, I know what I have to do, and I will do this.”