‘I Don’t Think it Was a Mistake’-Georges St-Pierre on Jan Blachowicz vs Israel Adesanya

Published 03/17/2021, 2:34 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former multi-divisional UFC champion Georges St-Pierre was interviewed by his fellow countryman Ariel Helwani. In the interview, ‘GSP’ stated that he was leaning towards Adesanya in the first and second rounds, where the third round was very close. Jan Błachowicz won the championship rounds 4 and 5.

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He said that it was a very close fight and said “You make that fight 10 times I don’t think Blachowicz will win all ten fights”.

Georges St-Pierre also said, “I don’t think it was a mistake. It was a learning experience for Israel Adesanya. I think this fight will make him a much better fighter”.

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‘The Last Stylebender’ moved up a weight class from 185lbs to 205lbs and tried to add his name to the short and rare list of UFC double champions. Adesanya didn’t need this, but he wanted this fight. Further, Adesanya was undefeated coming to the fight.

The fight went the distance and ‘Polish Power’ reigned supreme and successfully defended his belt for the first time. Adesanya lost his undefeated record but gained a lot of respect from the fans and the fellow fighters.

Jan Blachowicz impressed Georges St-Pierre with his performance at UFC 259

Georges St-Pierre was shocked when he realized how good Blachowicz was in that fight. ‘GSP’ assumed that Adesanya would be too fast for ‘Polish Power’ but Blachowicz did very well.

George said, “I thought to win Blachowicz needed to make it more like a dirty fight, in the beginning. He was able to stand with Adesanya, and I always thought that Adesanya would be too fast for him”.

The Light Heavyweight champion showed all his skills. The Polish champion landed clean punches on Adesanya and successfully took him down multiple times.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jan Blachowicz of Poland reacts after defeating Luke Rockhold. By TKO in their UFC 239 Light Heavyweight bout at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Size advantage played a big role as the challenger was taken down easily. It is clear that these weight divisions are made for a reason. The size was a major factor. Adesanya looked unbeaten in the Middleweight division, but lost convincingly at 205lbs.

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Following this ‘GSP’ highlighted the fact that fighting a bigger opponent is not as economical as fighting a guy of a similar size.

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This was the best takeaway from the fight and hopefully ‘The Last Stylebender’ will come up with a similar opportunity in his near future. Israel Adesanya is still a young Lion. He is already a great champion, therefore, Adesanya lost nothing in his fight against Jan Blachowicz.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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