Jan Blachowicz remembers a few things about the night back in February when he shared a cage with Thiago Santos in Prague.

He remembers being down. He remembers seeing the referee stepping in and thinking that it meant that the round was over. But then the referee waved his hands, and Blachowicz remembers realizing that it wasn’t just the round. The whole fight was over. He remembers getting up and asking Santos what had just happened.

What had happened was a first for Blachowicz. More than a decade into his MMA career, he’d found out what it was like to be on the losing end of a knockout. (He had lost via TKO once before thanks to the leg kicks of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, but this was the first time he was really knocked out.)

As you can imagine, it wasn’t exactly fun. Blachowicz was rightfully angry for a couple of days.

After that, though?

“After that I’m OK, it’s not the end of the world,”…


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