UFC Sao Paulo: Jan Blachowicz Says He’s Not “Afraid” of “Jacare” Souza’s Ground Game
By FCF Staff
Jan Blachowicz will face one of the greatest grapplers on the planet tonight at UFC Sao Paulo. But, the light-heavyweight contender says he’ll be ready for “Jacare” Souza, if and when their fights hits the floor.
Blachowicz will face Souza in the main event of tonight’s card, in a bout which will be the latter’s first in the Octagon at 205. While talking about tonight’s match-up recently, Blachowicz had this to say about the renowned jiu-jitsu game of Souza (quote via MMA Fighting):
“If he finds a way to take me down, I’ll be ready for his jiu-jitsu. I’m also a black belt in jiu-jitsu, so I will not be afraid of his jiu-jitsu game. I would like to keep the fight on the feet and try to knock him out.
“MMA is not jiu-jitsu. MMA is not boxing. MMA is not wrestling. It’s a different kind of style of punching and wrestling and grappling on the ground. We will see. If the fight goes to the ground, I will try to submit him. I will try to control him on the ground and punch him in the face. I will be ready for his tricks.”
The 36-year-old Blachowicz (24-8) is coming off a knockout win over Luke Rockhold in July. The 39-year-old Souza (26-7), on the other hand, lost via decision to Jack Hermansson this past April.