On Saturday night, the UFC returned to their home base for the culmination of International Fight Week, UFC 239. The event took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the light heavyweight division, Jan Blachowicz welcomed Luke Rockhold to 205 pounds as part of the event’s main card.
Rockhold, the former UFC middleweight champion, returned to the Octagon for the first time in nearly 15 months. The 34-year-old took on Yoel Romero for a chance to become the interim middleweight champion at UFC 221 and was knocked out in the third round. Rockhold was scheduled to return in November at UFC 230 in New York but was forced out of the bout with an injury. Ready to take on a new opponent in a new weight class, Rockhold had his sights set on the winner of the UFC 239 main event for an opportunity to become a world champion once again.
Standing in his way was Blachowicz, who was making his 32nd professional appearance. Blachowicz was riding an impressive four-fight winning streak into his last fight against Thiago Santos at UFC on ESPN+ 3 in February. Santos would finish the fight in the third round to snap Blachowicz’s streak, and set himself up for the UFC 239 main event against Jon Jones.
Here is how the fight went down at UFC 239 between Luke Rockhold and Jan Blachowicz, including round-by-round scoring.
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Rockhold looks incredibly relaxed during Bruce Buffer’s introduction, while Blachowicz looks ready to go. Herb Dean gets the fighters ready and we’re off. Rockhold throws a pair of body kicks early. Head kick and a left hand follows by Rockhold as he shoots for an early takedown. They battle against the fence as Blachowicz is able to fend it off to this point. Rockhold has his left ankle wrapped with a sleeve. Blachowicz is down to a knee but gets back to his feet. Rockhold continues to fight for this takedown as Blachowicz lands a short elbow. The battle against the fence continues as the halfway point of the round passes. Big elbow from Blachowicz with his back against the fence. They separate as Blachowicz lands a left hand. Left high kick from Rockhold lands. Leg kick from Blachowicz as Rockhold switches stances. Left hand lands from Blachowicz. Left hand from Rockhold and a leg kick counter from Blachowicz. Leg kick lands from Blachowicz. Body kicks exchanged from both fighters. Big high kick misses from Rockhold as Blachowicz lands a nice right hand. Tough round the score here as they exchange at the bell. Blachowicz drills Rockhold with a kick right just after the horn sounds and Rockhold is hurt.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Blachowicz
Rockhold comes out firing and Blachowicz stuns his opponent with a counter. They trade leg kicks and Blachowicz lands a left hand. Inside kick lands hard by Blachowicz. Rockhold shoots in and they battle against the fence to the dismay of the Vegas crowd. Inside knee lands by Blachowicz as he looks for under hooks. They separate at Blachowicz lands a huge left hand and Rockhold is down! A couple of follow up punches and this one is all over! Huge win for Jan Blachowicz.
— UFC (@ufc) July 7, 2019
Official result: Jan Blachowicz def. Lock Rockhold via KO – Round 2, 1:39
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