Blachowicz predicts his victory by knockout. Yisrael is determined to wear down the Pole with hurricane speed. On the night of March 6-7, welterweight champion Jan Blachowicz and undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will battle in the main event of UFC 259. The title fight will take place within the bantamweight division. The tournament will be hosted by the UFC APEX Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The bout between the Pole and the New Zealander of Nigerian descent was announced at the end of December 2020. It became the perfect New Year’s present not only for fans of both fighters, but also for all MMA fans.
How the fight unfolded
After Jon Jones announced a move to heavyweight and vacated the light heavyweight title in August 2020, the first challenger for the belt was Jan Blachowicz. The title bout took place just a month after he was released by Jones. Blachowicz’s opponent was Dominic Reyes, who had previously given a decent fight to Knucklebones. However, the Pole knocked out the favored Reyes in the second round and became the new belt holder.
Undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya challenged Jones for a fight long ago. However, after Bony switched divisions, Adesanya did not settle down. Two weeks after his second successful title defence, he reached out to new flyweight champion Jan Blachowicz as well.
Blachowicz began to gain momentum from the third round onwards. Several times he got close to Adesanya, twice he managed to control the Nigerian in a clinch at the net. In the fourth five minutes, Jan repeated his success, and then took Adesanya to the parterre, where he controlled him until the end of the round. Given the fact that Israel was lighter than his opponent, it was doubly hard for him to get out.
This section of the fight had worn Adesanya down considerably. In the last round he took the fight to the ground, but Blachowicz took the fight to the first, but Blachowicz took another touchdown. The pattern of the fourth round repeated itself. With ten seconds to go, Blachowicz began to pound in Adesanya, but the latter was saved by a siren. It should be noted that the two fighters did not fulfill their promise to knock each other out.
In his post-fight interview, Adesanya was modest. The fighter said he couldn’t sleep last night, that the fight didn’t go the way he planned and his technique could have been better, but weight played a part. Yisrael also announced that he won’t be making any attempts in this division any time soon and is moving back to middleweight. Blachowicz paid tribute to his opponent, noting that Izzy was hitting harder than he expected.
“I knew I would move him because I’m bigger and stronger. I was just waiting for the right moment. I had to box more, work my left and apply more pressure. I think my next opponent will be Glover Teixeira while he’s in good form. Right now I want to spend time with my family. If Glover is ready to wait, I’m ready,” Blachowicz told Joe Rogan.
Before the fight, Adesanya said Blachowicz’s “Polish power” was irrelevant to him. “I’ve already seen Brazilian power, as well as Cuban, Australian and American power. They all have power, they are all the same,” Israel told Combat TV. Well, in the end the Polish one did teach the fighter a lesson, and it is the one Adesanya will have to remember. And the main thing is that now we can hardly expect him to fight Jones.