Jan Blachowicz pulls out of his match against Aleksandar Rakic

Jan Blachowicz explains why he pulled out from his scheduled fight against Aleksandar Rakic.

by Aryan Lakhani
Jan Blachowicz pulls out of his match against Aleksandar Rakic
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The upcoming light heavyweight clash between Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic is officially canceled, as Blachowicz recently announced his withdrawal from the event. Their fight was expected to take place under the UFC 297 event on 20th January 2024.

Aleksandr Rakic will now have to find a new opponent or wait until Blachowicz recovers. In a recent Instagram post, Jan Blachowicz revealed that he was forced to pull out because of a shoulder injury, and he will only be fine after getting Surgery.

This is the second time their fight got canceled.

Jan Blachowicz’s Instagram post

“It wasn’t supposed to be this way, It’s hard to express how I feel because it’s a mixture of anger and sadness.

Withdrawing from a fight due to injury is one of the most difficult decisions a fighter can make. However, sometimes there is no other option, especially when you are competing in the top five and want to put on a show at the highest possible level.

Instead of fighting for the best shape, I fight with the pain during every training session. I did everything I could, but my shoulders need surgery. In this state, continuing preparations and entering the Octagon would be irresponsible and stupid.

I always say that when I go into a fight, I must be 100 percent ready. I owe it to myself, my coaches, my opponent and, above all, the fans. Thank you in advance for your support! I am waiting for the date of surgery, after which rehabilitation and return to training will follow.

I promise I will come back stronger!”

Aleksandr Rakic’s reaction

In response to hearing Jan Blachowicz pull out, Rakic said the following in a tweet: “You can never lose a rematch when you pull out for the second time. Legendary Let’s see if the samurai has the balls to step up on Jan. 20th”.