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UFC on ESPN+ 25: Jan Blachowicz steals Corey Anderson’s momentum with quick knockout

With Jon Jones cageside, Jan Blachowicz makes his case for title shot

With light heavyweight champion Jon Jones cageside, Jan Blachowicz (26-8-0) walked out of Rio Rancho, New Mexico armed with a convincing case for a title shot at UFC on ESPN+ 25 Saturday night.

Blachowicz’s opponent, Corey Anderson (13-5-0), was riding the momentum of stealing Johnny Walker’s momentum in his last bout. After a feeling out process, he failed to utilize his wrestling and was caught by a right hand that put him down on the canvas for good. Blachowicz added a hammerfist for good measure that forced referee Herb Dean to call the bout at 3:08.

The win makes a good case for Blachowicz to be the next one to challenge Jones, but Dominick Reyes is still in the conversation with his recent narrow loss to Jones at UFC 247.

Anderson’s four fight win streak was snapped with the loss.

Jim Miller and Scott Holtzman secured Fight of the Night, while Blachowicz and Daniel Rodeiguez earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

RAULIAN PAIVA DEF. MARK DE LA ROSA VIA KO (PUNCHES) R2 4:42

MACY CHIASSON DEF. SHANNA YOUNG VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

MERAB DVALISHVILI DEF. CASEY KENNEY VIA UD (30-27, 30-25, 29-28)

DEVIN CLARK DEF. DEQUAN TOWNSEND VIA UD (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

SCOTT HOLTZMAN DEF. JIM MILLER VIA UD (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

JOHN DODSON DEF. NATHANIEL WOOD VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 0:16

DANIEL RODRIGUEZ DEF. TIM MEANS VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R2 3:37

MAIN CARD

LANDO VANNATA VS. YANCY MEDERIOS 

WINNER: LANDO VANETTA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: YANCY MEDERIOS VIA UD

Andrews: I really thought Mederios would be more competitive, but Vanetta didn’t give him a chance by gassing. Good win.

#7 ROGERIO BONTORIN VS. RAY BORG 

WINNER: RAY BORG VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RAY BORG VIA UD

Andrews: It’s time for Borg to move up. Four strikes of missing weight is enough.

BROK WEAVER VS. KAZULA VARGAS 

WINNER: BROK WEAVER VIA DQ (ILLEGAL KNEE) R1 4:02

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAZULA VARGAS VIA UD

Andrews: Unfortunate ending. Run it back?

#12 MONTANA DE LA ROSA VS. #13 MARA ROMERO BORELLA 

WINNER MONTANA DE LA ROSA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MONTANA DE LA ROSA VIA UD

Andrews: Textbook grappling win for Montana.

DIEGO SANCHEZ VS. MICHEL PEREIRA

WINNER: DIEGO SANCHEZ VIA DQ (ILLEGAL KNEE) R3 3:09

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHEL PEREIRA VIA TKO

Andrews: Pereira was winning and then has another brain fart. Wow.

MAIN EVENT

#5 COREY ANDERSON VS. #6 JAN BLACHOWICZ

WINNER: JAN BLACHOWICZ VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 3:08

ANDREWS PREDICTION: COREY ANDERSON VIA TKO

Andrews: Jan gets his revenge and a case for a title shot. Beautiful right hand.

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN+ 25: Jan Blachowicz steals Corey Anderson’s momentum with quick knockout

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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