HIGHLIGHTS: Jan Blachowicz Defeats Israel Adesanya in Close Five-Round Battle at UFC 259

Published 03/07/2021, 10:48 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: (L-R) Opponents Jan Blachowicz of Poland and Israel Adesanya of Nigeria face off during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC 259 is in the books. The main event saw one of the biggest fights of the year when middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, moved up to light heavyweight to challenge Jan Blachowicz for the 205-pound title. Adesanya went into the fight undefeated and was expected to win the bout en-route to setting up a fight with Jon Jones.

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However, that isn’t what happened as Jan Blachowicz beat Israel Adesanya in a five-round decision win. The fight was a close affair and was 2-2 heading into the fifth round on most scorecards. But Jan used his wrestling to stifle Izzy in the final two rounds to walk away with the win, handing Izzy his first career loss.

UFC 259: Jan Blachowicz overcomes early Israel Adesanya offense to win via unanimous decision

The fight started out slow, as both men were evidently feeling each other out. However, as Izzy kept the pace up, Blachowicz was a little slow to start, but held his own in a very close round.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (R-L) Israel Adesanya of Nigeria punches Jan Blachowicz of Poland in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Jan started landing big shots of his own in the second round and had Izzy scrambling. The power difference was evident, as Jan’s strikes were doing major damage to Adesanya.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (R-L) Jan Blachowicz of Poland punches Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Izzy looked alive in the third round and fought really hard, with many awarding him the round with a 2-1 advantage heading into the fourth.

Blachowicz kept his offense up and cracked Adesanya with some strikes in the fourth round. However, it all was to set up a sensational takedown that changed the course of the fight.

The Polish fighter would control position for most of the final two rounds, except for a good opening from Adesanya in round 5.

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The scorecards were a little lopsided, with judges giving Jan multiple 10-8 rounds for how he ended that fight. However, they chose the right winner, even if the scores were unfair.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates after his victory over Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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