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Jan Blachowicz unhappy with Joe Rogan after UFC 282, slams Magomed Ankalaev for 'bulls***' apology

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Jan Blachowicz was still trying to process what happened in his fight with Magomed Ankalaev after the judges scored the fight a split draw when UFC color commentator Joe Rogan approached the two for an interview.

In the moment with his head still spinning and overcome with emotion after essentially failing in his bid to regain the light heavyweight title at UFC 282, Blachowicz told Rogan that he didn’t feel like he won – but he still needed to rewatch the fight. to understand how it all unfolded.

Now that he’s had time to look back on the fight and reflect, Blachowicz admits he was unhappy with how everything was handled in the cage, especially as he was still trying to clear his head after losing the fifth round in an impromptu title match. that came together just a few days before.

“I watched this fight a few times and heard a lot of opinions about this fight and for me, what I said after the fight to give the belt to Ankalaev, I said because I was stuck in the [fifth] round,” explained Blachowicz when speaking with MMA Fighting. “All that was on my mind was the [fifth] return. I completely forgot about the rest of the fight.

“Joe Rogan, when he entered the Octagon, said for him that I lost the fight. That’s what I was thinking. He made a mistake saying something like that to me after the fight. Because everyone who thinks I lost the fight, just watch the last round. For me, a draw is a fair decision and, seriously, I think I was closer to winning the fight than Ankalaev. One more kick and it would be over, a technical knockout or if I had blocked his takedowns in the [fifth] round, stand a little longer, the fight would be mine. I might be disappointed [judges] but I’m not because I see the fight… I watched the fight a few times, a draw for me is fair.”

When the final decision was computed, judge Mike Bell gave Blachowicz the fight with a score of 48-47 with him winning the first three rounds, while judge Sal D’Amato did exactly the same way, except he scored the fifth. round with 10-8 for Ankalaev.

This eventually led to a score of 47-47 and with judge Derek Cleary giving the fight to Ankalaev, the result was a split draw.

Afterwards, Blachowicz raised Ankalaev’s hand, prompting Rogan to ask if he thought the fight should have gone to the Russian. Blachowicz replied that he didn’t feel victorious, but he also couldn’t say with certainty that he had lost.

Rogan then said “you are a very honorable man, the way you did that to me it felt like you lost that decision.” Then, speaking to Ankalaev moments later, Rogan added “we thought you won the fight – when [Daniel Cormier] and me at the end of the fight, we thought you had done enough, especially in the last rounds, you used your grappling.”

Looking back on it now, Blachowicz believes a draw was a fair decision, but he didn’t appreciate Rogan injecting his opinion as he was still trying to make sense of what just happened.

“Joe Rogan, he shouldn’t say something like that to me after the fight,” said Blachowicz. “I was stuck in the last round and then Joe Rogan said ‘that was a good fight, but to me you lost the fight’. After the fight, when I go to the locker room and start talking to a bunch of people backstage from different teams, they say ‘don’t say you lost the fight, you didn’t lose this fight, one round is fine but maybe you have won the fight. So don’t say that.

“I said ok, maybe I’m thinking a little wrong about the fight and then I start to remember the first three rounds. It looks different, not like the last round. When they said a draw, it was a strange situation because I can’t be happy, but I can’t feel bad about myself either. Because I didn’t win but I didn’t win either [lose]. I feel a little empty inside.”

As much as he wishes he’d walked away with the UFC light heavyweight title that night, Blachowicz isn’t necessarily arguing that he deserved the win, but he also doesn’t see how Ankalaev feels like he was robbed of the decision.

“That’s why I think the draw is fair. It’s a fair decision for both of us,” said Blachowicz. “I should be more disappointed. Because I was closer to winning the fight, not Ankalaev.

“But it is what it is. What can I do? Nothing. Now it’s just history. I need to focus on the fight, on what works, on what [went wrong], it’s obvious and that’s it. It’s history now.”

In his own post-fight interview, Ankalaev told Dagestan News that he actually went through “the worst training camp” of his life heading into UFC 282, while also stating that he had “a lot of injuries” but still felt who “did enough to raise my hand.”

Nothing about the bout was ideal for either competitor, especially considering Blachowicz and Ankalaev were gearing up for three rounds before being moved into the title fight with just two weeks to spare after former champion Jiri Prochazka relinquished the title. belt after a serious shoulder injury.

For his part, Blachowicz wishes the situation had turned out differently, but he keeps his performance in the cage that night.

It annoys him that Ankalaev is not doing the same.

“Apologies. I hate it when someone says that,” Blachowicz said of Ankalaev. “It pisses me off when someone uses excuses. I never say my camp was bad, I have injuries or anything like that. If you feel bad, stay at home, drink tea with honey and relax. If you go to fight, don’t apologize. It just shows your weakness and that’s it.

“Everyone said I was going to lose the fight, the bookmakers and everyone thinks he’s going to knock me out and submit me in the first round, but I almost won the fight. Now he’s looking for excuses why he wasn’t so good in the fight. Why? Because I was very good in that fight. Because I don’t let him do what he always does in the fight. That was the reason. Now he says ‘I got hurt, my camp was bad’. Bulls***. I do not believe that. That’s weakness. That’s it.”