UFC 259: Jan Blachowicz ends Israel Adesanya’s undefeated run; Amanda Nunes overpowers Megan Anderson

UFC 259: Jan Blachowicz ends Israel Adesanya’s undefeated run; Amanda Nunes overpowers Megan Anderson

It was the primary defeat inflicted on the 31-year-old Adesanya, who was stepping up in weight, in his 21-fight profession.

UFC 259: Jan Blachowicz ends Israel Adesanya's undefeated run; Amanda Nunes overpowers Megan Anderson

Jan Blachowicz in motion towards Israel Adesanya in UFC 259. Picture credit score: Twitter/@ufc

Los Angeles: Jan Blachowicz upset the percentages with a grinding unanimous factors determination over the beforehand unbeaten Israel Adesanya to retain his world mild heavyweight title at UFC 259 in Las Vegas on Sunday.

“If I had knocked him out it might have been higher, however anyway I really like this win as a result of he is likely one of the greatest on the planet,” mentioned the 38-year-old Polish fighter after the judges scored it 49-46, 49-45 and 49-45 in his favour.

It was the primary defeat inflicted on the 31-year-old Adesanya, who was stepping up in weight, in his 21-fight profession.

The New Zealander, the middleweight title holder, was seeking to develop into solely the fifth double-weight world champion in UFC historical past.

The Nigeria-born fighter discovered the larger dimension of Blachowicz tough to deal with, particularly when the Pole drew his opponent into clinches and down on to the mat late within the bout.

Blachowicz solely actually turned a contender after passing the age of 35 and had additionally been the underdog when he received the vacant title final yr towards American Dominick Reyes.

“I believed that he can be just a little bit sooner however he hit tougher than I believed,” mentioned Blachowicz, who has spent his profession being underestimated, after a profitable first defence of the title.

“He was slower and tougher which is one thing I did not count on. I knew that if I took him down, I am larger, stronger just a little bit, so I’d be higher on the bottom.

“I simply needed to look ahead to a great second. I ought to have used my left hand extra, put extra stress on him, however sport plan is one (factor), combating is a unique factor.”

Blachowicz, whose win-loss document improved to 27-9, initially seemed for a one-shot punch to complete the combat early however Adesanya opted to attain factors by choosing at Blachowicz from vary.

Blachowicz started to take management within the fourth. A giant left hand and a takedown noticed him maintain Adesanya below wraps on the bottom.

He had Adesanya down once more within the fifth for a sustained interval of stress that put the choice past doubt.

“Again to the drafting board,” Adesanya mentioned.

There have been three world title fights on the cardboard however no followers in attendance as america nonetheless battles with the coronavirus pandemic.

The opening championship combat made historical past when Russian Petr Yan was disqualified for an unlawful knee to the top towards American challenger Aljamain Sterling, who was deemed the winner — the primary time a UFC title had modified fingers in that style.

Brazil’s Amanda “The Lion” Nunes strengthened her declare to be the best feminine fighter of all time when she compelled a first-round submission from Australian Megan Anderson.

The 32-year-old featherweight world champion Nunes — who additionally holds the UFC bantamweight belt — is unbeaten in her previous 12 fights, and lately turned a mum for the primary time.

“You understand they are saying a lion is all the time harmful however when she has a child you possibly can’t cease her, ever,” Nunes mentioned.

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