Chilling story of how a suicide in the woods turned around career of UFC fighter Jan Blachowicz


Chilling story of how a piece of rope, a ‘voodoo blessing’ and a suicide in the woods turned around the career of an failing fighter – as he takes out the ‘unstoppable’ Kiwi legend Israel Adesanya to claim the UFC title

  • Jan Blachowicz, 38, has won nine out of his last 10 bouts after Saturday’s victory
  • Significant turnaround for the Pole who had torrid form between 2015 and 2017
  • Blachowicz puts his form down to finding a hanged man’s body in Polish woods
  • He took rope from the noose and had it made into bracelet he carries with him

A chilling encounter with a body found hanging from a tree has helped resurrect the career of veteran UFC fighter who three years ago was on the verge of hanging up his gloves.

Polish fighter Jan Blachowicz, 38, defended his UFC Light Heavyweight title in style with victory over fearsome New Zealander Israel Adesanya in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The win marks an incredible change in form for the Pole – who has won nine out of 10 bouts in the competition dating back to October 2017.

Blachowicz puts his resurgent form down to the grisly discovery he stumbled upon during a dog walk in a forest near Warsaw.

Jan Blachowicz with his fiance Dorota Jurkowska. She said in 2017 she feared he would be cut from the UFC because of a string of losses

Jan Blachowicz with his fiance Dorota Jurkowska. She said in 2017 she feared he would be cut from the UFC because of a string of losses

Jan Blachowicz, 38, (left) beat Kiwi Israel Adesanya in resounding style in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight on Saturday

Jan Blachowicz, 38, (left) beat Kiwi Israel Adesanya in resounding style in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight on Saturday

Jan Blachowicz, 38, (left) beat Kiwi Israel Adesanya in resounding style in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight on Saturday

BLACHOWICZ’S ‘VOODOO-INSPIRED’ TURNAROUND

 Pre-April 2017 

Patrick Cummins – LOSS

Alexander Gustafsson – LOSS

Igor Pokrajac – WIN

Corey Anderson – LOSS

Jimi Manuwa – LOSS

Ilir Latifi – WIN 

 

 Post-April 2017

Israel Adesanya – WIN

Dominick Reyes – WIN

Corey Anderson – WIN

Ronaldo Souza – WIN

Luke Rockhold – WIN

Thiago Santos – LOSS

Nikita Krylov – WIN

Jimi Manuwa – WIN

Jared Cannonier – WIN 

Devin Clark – WIN 

‘I was with my dog walking in the forest and I found a hanged person,’ he told a UFC YouTube vlog series.

He said he called police to deal with what he found, who later asked him if he had taken the rope from the noose home with him for good luck.

‘I checked on the internet and people a long time ago believed in this – so I thought ‘why not try?” he said.

Initially Blachowicz said he would go back to the woods before fights to touch the rope.

More recently though he said he had a brightly-coloured bracelet made from the noose which he takes with him to fights.

‘I thought maybe someone will take my lucky rope so I cut a little bit and sent it to a guy,’ he said.  

Blachowicz pictured next to where he found a man's hanged body in 2017 - which he credits for his turnaround in career fortunes. The rope from the suicide is pictured circled in red.

Blachowicz pictured next to where he found a man's hanged body in 2017 - which he credits for his turnaround in career fortunes. The rope from the suicide is pictured circled in red.

Blachowicz pictured next to where he found a man’s hanged body in 2017 – which he credits for his turnaround in career fortunes. The rope from the suicide is pictured circled in red.

The UFC fighter has had a brightly-coloured bracelet made from the noose which he takes with him to fights

The UFC fighter has had a brightly-coloured bracelet made from the noose which he takes with him to fights

The UFC fighter has had a brightly-coloured bracelet made from the noose which he takes with him to fights

The champion fighter has been unclear on when exactly he found the body in the woods.

His record though shows he lost four of five fights between April 2015 and April 2017 after making his UFC debut in October 2014.

Since then, he has maintained a 90 per cent win rate in a late-career surge that has seen him win two titles in seven months.

His form marks a remarkable turnaround for a fighter who almost four years ago was on the verge of getting cut from the UFC. 

Blachowicz celebrates on Saturday. He has won nine out of 10 bouts in the competition dating back to October 2017

Blachowicz celebrates on Saturday. He has won nine out of 10 bouts in the competition dating back to October 2017

Blachowicz celebrates on Saturday. He has won nine out of 10 bouts in the competition dating back to October 2017

‘I thought he was going to get fired. Seriously,’ his fiance Dorota Jurkowska told ESPN in April 2017. 

‘I was expecting that email to say he was gone. I was emailing [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard immediately. We had a lot of emails go back and forth that night. That was a very tough night.’ 

‘I pushed them so hard to give Jan one more chance.’ 



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