ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports that Anderson vs. Blachowicz II is in the works for a UFC event in New Mexico on Feb. 15. Okamoto noted that this light heavyweight clash may determine who gets dibs on the next 205-pound title bout after Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes. Jones and Reyes will clash one week earlier on Feb. 8 in Houston, Texas.
Anderson is coming off a first-round TKO victory over Johnny Walker last month. “Overtime” has been calling for a title shot against Jones, but Reyes ended up getting the opportunity. Anderson is riding a four-fight winning streak.
As for Blachowicz, he emerged victorious over Jacare Souza via split decision last month. He also scored a second-round knockout win over former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold back in July. Blachowicz has gone 6-1 in his last seven outings.
If Anderson vs. Blachowicz comes to fruition next year, it’ll actually be a rematch. Back in Sept. 2015, Anderson earned a unanimous decision victory over Blachowicz. Since that bout Anderson has gone 7-3 and so has Blachowicz. As of this writing, Anderson is the fifth-ranked UFC light heavyweight, while Blachowicz holds the sixth spot.