A potential number one contender’s bout between Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz could headline UFC Rio Rancho in New Mexico on Feb. 15, as reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Fifth-ranked Anderson (13-4) and sixth-ranked Blachowicz (25-8) have been long-campaigning for a shot at Jon Jones’ light-heavyweight title belt. Both men are on impressive runs and have recently picked up carer-highlight finishes. Anderson TKOed rising star Johnny Walker in one round at UFC 244. Blachowicz; meanwhile, knocked out Luke Rockhold cold at UFC 239.
Looking at the 205-pound rankings, the winner of this fight has a strong claim to a title fight. Anderson is on a four-fight winning streak and Blachowicz has won six of his last seven. Furthermore, should Jones beat Dominick Reyes, he will have conquered everyone in the top seven except for Anderson and Blachowicz.
Jones defends his title against Reyes in the main event of UFC 247 on Feb. 8.