Jan Blachowicz stole the show this past Saturday night in the UFC Rio Rancho headliner in New Mexico, disposing of Corey ‘Overtime’ Anderson with a vicious first-round knockout.
The Polish power puncher wasted zero time in targeting the light heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, to be his next opponent. He pointed at Jones, who was seated up close to the Octagon, and told him he was next.
Jones, who many felt lost last week’s UFC 247 main event to Dominick Reyes, certainly seemed receptive to the idea. I’m sure Reyes — and many others — will think that’s the case because Jones doesn’t want any part of an immediate rematch with Reyes.
As we pointed out last week, Sportsbook opened Jones as a -220 favorite vs. Reyes, who is a +177 underdog. Those odds haven’t budged since being sent out.
On Monday, Bovada opened Jones as a -600 ‘chalk’ vs. Blachowicz, who is a +400 underdog. As the odds clearly indicate, Reyes is the tougher challenge for Jones.
However, with the way Blachowicz has turned the lights out on Anderson and former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold in his last two fights, perhaps it’s Blachowicz that has more one-punch power to finally end Jones’s decade-long seat atop the UFC’s 205-pound division.