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14-04-2010

"Tournament looks strong" – interview with Jan Blachowicz

We present you with the interview with one the favorites of the upcoming KSW 13 tournament – Jan Blachowicz. The Cieszyn born fighter returns to MMA after serious injury and will try to win his second KSW tourney.

Let’s start with your knee. Is it completely healed?
- Hi to everyone and to answer you question everything is fine. I train at 100%, I fly, swim, run and jump. It’s ok.
How is your mental state when you start your trainings in the gym. I’ve talked to many fighters, who told me that even many months after the injury they’re afraid about reinjuring themselves during trainings. Are you concerned about it?
- I no longer think about it. At this moment it would take the exact same blow as when I injured the knee then. Probability of this happening again is low and I’m pretty sure I’v already reached the limit of bad luck for the last two years. It can only be better now.
You’ve recently moved to Warsaw. Where and with whom do you train?
- I train at Pawel Nastula’s gym in the mornings. I do strength and conditioning in the evenings and I sometimes grapple at Radek Turek’s gym. I have a quality place and sparing partners to prepare for my bouts.
I’ve heard that you really praise stand-up trainings with Andrei Molchanov? Is he giving you a hard time?
- If I’m not mistaken he’s the eight-time world Muay Thai champion. His stand-up is on a really high level and I’ll remember his “Belorussian light sparing” for a long time.
With your move from Octagon Rybnik to Warsaw’s gyms does it mean that coaches Mandrysz and Jarzabek won’t corner you in the upcoming fights?
- Both Eugeniusz Mandrysz and Grzegorz Jarzabek will be in my corner at KSW 13. Additionally there will be a third person from Warsaw, but I don’t who it will be yet.
Let’s talk about the tournament, which you’re participating in. At the moment five of your potential opponents has been announced. What do you think of them?
- The tournament’s line-up looks strong. These are really excellent fighters and it’s certain we will see a lot of great fights.
Many people believe that you are the favorite to win the whole thing. Would you agree?
- Do I think I’m a favorite? Honestly, I don’t plan to lose. If I thought about it, it wouldn’t make any sense for me to take part in the tournament. So mentally I believe I’m a favorite.
Which of the participants would you prefer to face in the first fight?
- I’d like to face Machida, but I guess he won’t fight in the tournament (laughing). I didn’t put much thought to it, whether it’s Tabera or Menders I’ll be there to win.
Does it have any special meaning for you that the event will be held in Silesia? Does it motivates you?
- Sure, it is a motivation. I’m from Silesia and I will basically fight at home. I know that there will be a decent group of my friends from Cieszyn. I’d like to thank them for that, because their support will certainly help.
Janek please invite MMA fans to see you back in action at KSW 13.
- I’d like you invite you all to KSW 13. It will be my return after the injury and I want to come back in style. I’ll do everything I can to win both fights and make it to the final. I’d also like to thank Robert Trybulski for the successful rehabilitation, my parents and my girlfriend for their support. Big thanks also to my sponsor Mevago company from Raciborz.
Interview by Artur Przybysz

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