Polish mixed martial artist Jan Blachowicz is on a 14-1 run since 2008, the one loss coming due to a leg injury against Sokodjou, a loss he avenged in a rematch. Getting a chance to fight on the big American promotions seems to be a near certainty.
Blachowicz went to Facebook earlier today to explain that he was set to have a shot at the upcoming World Series of Fighting event, taking on UFC vet Anthony Johnson, but the promotion jerked him around, leading to a parting of ways:
I would like to explain the reason, why my September’s fight for the World Series of Fighting organization, won’t unfortunately happen. Initially I was offered the fight against renowned light heavyweight, a former UFC fighter Anthony Johnson, which I gladly accepted. However, weeks later the rumors that Johnson will face Mike Kyle in Atlantic City started to circulate and were later confirmed by WSOF.
I believe that rumors were a part of the pressure that World Series of Fighting executives had tried to put on me. Initially I was offered a one-fight deal to face Johnson, which I liked since my victory would have gotten me closer to my dream â fighting for the UFC. However, after I had signed the papers, WSOF representative changed their mind and sent me a four-fight exclusive deal, which with all additional clauses would tie my with the promotion for the next three years and I couldn’t agree to that.
On June 1st I began my preparations for the September’s fight, but now I feel cheated by WSOF both in financial and sporting terms. In order to face Anthony Johnson I called off my KSW 24 appearance and I’m left with no fight in September, which I obviously don’t like. Now I’m focused on helping my teammate Daniel Omielańczuk in his training camp before his UFC debut.
I will prove that World Series of Fighting organization made a mistake. I know my worth and I will show in my KSW outings that I deserve a chance to test myself against the elite fighters of the sport. MMA is my life and I won’t give up my dreams. Follow my fights for KSW and hopefully you’ll see me in the UFC soon.
This is only one side of the story. But I did reach out to Blachowicz on Twitter after he shot me a line asking me to look at his statement. I wanted to verify one thing he said, that WSOF gave him a contract, which he signed and returned, only to have them discard that contract and send him a different one that required more fights:
@brentbrookhouse yes, I sent back the signed contract— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) July 29, 2013
@brentbrookhouse and yes after a while they said the didn't like it and wanted me to sign a different one— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) July 29, 2013
Assuming this is all true, WSOF screwed a fighter by giving him a contract and then reneging on the deal they had him sign, leading to him canceling a fight for a WSOF and leaving him with no fight in the end.