“Left side was completely paralyzed’- Jan Blachowicz details a heart attack scare that plagued his fight camp

Jan Blachowicz
Jan Blachowicz will try to regain his spot as number 1 contender this weekend

Jan Blachowicz gained the Light Heavyweight title in brutal fashion in his win over, Dom Reyes at UFC 253. He went on to make his first defense against middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya in a fight many counted him out of. It seemed as though the reign of “the Legendary Polish Power” was here to stay and then as abruptly it started, it was over. In his fight at UFC 267, against Glover Texiera, Jan who was in the right mindset all throughout fight week seemed to have frozen in the octagon. Having little to no answers to Glover’s takedowns, eventually being submitted in the second round.

Jan Blachowicz
Jan Blachowicz came up short in his title defense against Glover Texiera at UFC 267

As the former champion was scheduled to make his return in March of this year, he abruptly had to pull out due to medical reasons. As he is rescheduled to face Aleksandar Rakic this weekend he detailed what went wrong in preparations for the fight, and it was not simple distractions but possibly fatal bodily conditions. Addressing rumors of him suffering temporary paralysis, the Polish fighter confirmed the rumors to indeed be true, saying, “When I feel this, my left side of the body was completely paralyzed for one minute, I thought I was having a heart attack ”

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Jan Blachowicz underwent MRI scans that cleared the need for immediate surgery

Jan Blachowicz
After winning the vacant title against Dominick Reyes, Jan Blachowicz made his first defence against Israel Adesanya. He will look to get back into contention this weekend with a win over Aleksander Rakic

Jan was then taken to the hospital where he underwent an MRI scan, it revealed that something in his neck put excessive pressure on his neck. “They put medicine in my neck so that pressure was very low and then 4 weeks of rehabilitation,” said the former Champion detailing how the rehabilitation period really helped after which his physio cleared him to train again.

On his return to the gym, Jan had an interesting method of testing if he was really back to a 100%, where he asked his trainer to keep hitting him on the head, harder with each blow with his guard up high. Eventually, he felt okay saying, “Okay I don’t feel anything more, we can train and do this fight.” Jan said the state of his neck was back to normal, the way it was before the incident happen.

When asked if this was anything that would require surgery, Jan said, “Maybe we gonna have to do surgery, in the future but for now rehabilitation works fine” He went on to say his doctor advised to be on the lookout for any red flags but does feel the rehab was all that’s necessary for the present saying, “For now it’s perfect”

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