The UFC did not tell Jan Blachowicz he would be fighting for a world title until hours after it was announced.
Jan Blachowicz landed in Las Vegas at around 8:00 PM local time several hours after the UFC officially announced that he'd be fighting Magomed Ankalaev for the title. Blachowicz had never heard of this news as he had no WiFi on the plane.
This is not the first time the UFC has made major plans without telling the fighters involved. As many know, the UFC revealed on the 281 live broadcast that Yair Rodriguez will fight Josh Emmett at UFC 284 for the interim Featherweight title.
Fans had no idea this was happening, and neither did one of the people in that fight. Ariel revealed on The MMA Hour that he had been speaking to one of the men in that title fight earlier in the day and was slightly surprised that they didn't tell him the news. He called them back and learned that they found they'd be fighting for a world title at the same time as him. Ariel did not reveal which fighter it was.
Jan now has a chance to become a two-time UFC champion, while Ankalaev could give Dagestan its 2nd UFC belt this year.