Fellow fighters chime in on Jan Blachowicz defeating Israel Adesanya at UFC 259
Jan Blachowicz needed respect placed on his identify, and ending Israel Adesanya’s undefeated MMA file and champ-champ hopes, in addition to retaining the UFC mild heavyweight championship in the principle occasion of UFC 259, is an effective way to go about doing that.
This marked Blachowicz’s first protection of the UFC mild heavyweight title since successful the then-vacant belt at UFC 253, the place he completed Dominick Reyes. He entered this championship contest on a four-fight win streak and eight wins in his final 9.
Adesanya was seeking to turn into the fifth champ-champ in UFC historical past and the eighth UFC fighter to win championships in two totally different weight courses.
Coming into this matchup undefeated in his MMA profession, Adesanya had claimed middleweight gold by turning into interim champ in a conflict with Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 and knocking out Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 to turn into undisputed champion. Adesanya retained the middleweight title at UFC 248 and UFC 253, defeating, respectively, Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa.
Jon Jones, different execs chime in on Israel Adesanya tasting defeat in MMA for first time
The primary spherical was a quiet one, with Blachowicz attempting to get a really feel of Adesanya’s actions, however Blachowicz made him really feel some Polish energy within the second spherical. The 2 exchanged properly in a good third spherical, however Blachowicz scored a takedown within the fourth, staying in prime management for many of that body — and he did the identical within the fifth.
Jon Jones, the previous UFC mild heavyweight champion with who Adesanya has been in a heated rivalry and been clamoring for a battle in opposition to, took to Twitter to present his response to Adesanya’s efficiency and declare of “daring to be nice.”
See how different fellow fighters reacted to Adesanya defeating Blachowicz: