Jan Blachowicz bounced back from a slow start to outpoint Israel Adesanya and retain his light-heavyweight title after an enthralling tactical battle at UFC 259 in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Israel Adesanya loses to Jan Blachowicz
Polish professional mixed martial artist, Blachowicz, has said that he deserves full respect after beating the Nigerian-born UFC middleweight champion in the early hours of Saturday.
Despite holding the belt, Poland’s Blachowicz came into the fight as the underdog, and Adesanya’s slick movement and striking had him in control for much of the first three rounds.
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Blachowicz, also a betting underdog against Adesanya, defeated the 31-year-old to retain the light heavyweight title at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Two out of the three judges gave Blachowicz a 10-8 round in Round 5, rewarding him for dominant groundwork, including closing the fight in a mount and dropping heavy punches to the face of the middleweight champ.