When Patrick Cummins claimed a majority resolution victory over Jan Blachowicz in Buffalo, New York, few might have predicted simply how pivotal a second it will show to be in UFC historical past.
The Polish light-heavyweight had simply suffered his fourth defeat from his final 5 appearances and, after transferring to 2-Four within the UFC, was in peril of being reduce from the organisation.
Dorota Jurkowska was sat at house in Warsaw frantically attempting to save lots of her consumer’s profession in the midst of that April evening again in 2017, frantically messaging UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard.
In addition to being Blachowicz’s supervisor, Jurkowska was additionally his girlfriend (now fiancée) and knew she needed to save his profession.
Having labored collectively in an expert capability since earlier than the UFC, Jurkowska knew simply how a lot was at stake and was decided to do no matter she might.
“Oh my God, I assumed he was going to get fired. Significantly,” Jurkowska informed ESPN. “I used to be anticipating that electronic mail to say he was gone.
“I used to be emailing [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard instantly. We had plenty of emails trip that evening. That was a really robust evening.”
“I pushed them so laborious to offer Jan another likelihood,” Jurkowska added. “I informed them that Jan is a large star in Poland, and I knew they needed to carry an occasion in Poland.
“I informed them, ‘He must be on this card!’ That was my final argument for him to not be fired.”
The occasion in query was held within the northern metropolis of Gdansk in October of the identical 12 months and the UFC matched Blachowicz with Devin Clark – an American prospect who was 8-1 in his promising profession.
Blachowicz pulled out a standing, no-hook, rear-naked choke within the second spherical to shatter the desires of the burgeoning prospect and, extra importantly, save his personal profession.
“You understand as we speak get together,” he informed Dan Hardy within the instant aftermath. “Relaxation Sunday after which Monday, I’m within the fitness center.”
It will be this mentality which might assist Blachowicz report eight victories and lead him to changing into the UFC light-heavyweight champion on Combat Island in opposition to Dominick Reyes.
The gorgeous knockout of the heavily-backed Reyes will not be the primary time the un-favoured Blachowicz has upset the established order. The 38-year-old was favoured to win in simply two of his final 10 bouts.
Since returning to Warsaw to reunite with long-time coach Robert Jocz, Blachowicz is 8-1 within the UFC and crushed among the largest names within the sport; Jared Cannonier, Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, Corey Anderson and Reyes have all tasted the Polish energy first-hand.
Stopping middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 will probably be an equally tough activity because the Nigerian-born New Zealander is at present undefeated from 20 fights and boasts 15 knockouts in that point.
In actual fact, throughout an interview with BT Sport, Dana White even admitted the most important struggle he would like to make this 12 months is Adesanya in opposition to former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Blachowicz continues to be neglected but, when his again is in opposition to the wall, he unleashes the legendary ‘Polish Energy’ and finds strategy to upset the percentages.