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Fight: Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz

Blachowicz predicts his victory by knockout. Yisrael is determined to wear down the Pole with hurricane speed. Blachowicz and Adesanya will fight for the title in their weight class on March 6th-7th 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 is already a Christmas present for fans of both fighters, as well as all MMA lovers.

How the fight unfolded

Jon Jones Jr. announced his departure from the light heavyweight title, leaving Jan Blachowicz as the first challenger. The two fought in August 2020, a mere month after Jon’s announcement. Reyes gave Blachowicz a decent fight but would lose in round 2 when Blachowicz knocked him out to become the new champion of this weight class.

“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.”

Fighting

Blachowicz gained from the third round onwards. Several times he was close to Adesanya, twice he controlled the Nigerian in a hold near the net. In the fourth five minutes of time, Jan repeated his success and then took Adesasi to parterre where he controlled him until ending of round. Given Israel’s superiority in weight, it was doubly hard for him to get out.

Adesanya failed to get a knockout in the second round, and lost some of his momentum despite controlling Blachowicz on the ground for most of that time. But he managed himself well at first by taking it back to the mat and wearing Blachowicz down. The two fighters also thrived off of trading punches in rounds 4 and 5 before Adesanya was saved by a siren seconds from receiving what would’ve been an insurmountable loss.

In the post-fight interview, Adesanya was modest about his performance. 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 expected.

“I felt like now was the time to move him because I’m bigger and stronger. I just needed the right moment, so I had to stay on my toes a little more, working off my left side as often as possible,” Blachowicz said in an interview with Rogan. “Once Glover is ready to fight again, then my next opponent will be Glover Teixeira.”

Bottom line

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 something Adesanya will have to remember. And perhaps even more importantly than that, we can hardly expect him to fight Jones now.

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