Here’s How Jan Blachowicz Can Beat Israel Adesanya at UFC 259

Published 03/06/2021, 6:03 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 04: (L-R) Opponents Jan Blachowicz of Poland and Israel Adesanya of Nigeria face off during the UFC 259 press conference at UFC APEX on March 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC 259 goes down this Saturday at the Apex Facility and comes in as arguably one of the most stacked cards. A large reason for the aforementioned pay-per-view picking up heavy traction is the ‘champion vs champion’ main event. Light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz, defends his strap against Israel Adesanya, who comes up from middleweight to seek another title.

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‘The Last Stylebender’ comes in as the favorite, despite the fact that he’s the smaller fighter. However, his brilliance at 185-pound coupled with his undefeated record has helped instill a lot of trust in his abilities. Not to mention, Blachowicz has had his ups and downs in the past and has suffered 8 losses in his career.

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Jan Blachowicz vs Israel Adesanya: Path to victory

While the Polish champion may be the underdog, he’s got plenty of things going for him heading into the fight. He’ll certainly have a power advantage over ‘Izzy’ and Blachowicz knows how to use his legendary Polish power. Furthermore, he’s got criminally underrated grappling and it would be a chore to get him off once he lands top-control.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Jan Blachowicz of Poland punches Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

At one point in his career, Jan Blachowicz had earned three straight arm-Bar finishes, which is rare for a fighter of his size. Moreover, the hip dexterity required on the canvas is clearly prevalent and he’ll be confident in his takedown defense. Chiefly, he’ll have to be careful when entering into range, as Adesanya has built a career of counter-punching.

Legendary Polish Power: Striking accuracy

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The primary path to victory likely lies in the striking realm so long as Blachowicz remains defensively responsible. Adesanya has a tendency to back up and duck punches, and this is where the Pole will look to be accurate. He definitely has the power advantage on his side and can turn off the light with a well-placed blow.

RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO – FEBRUARY 15: Jan Blachowicz of Poland walks to the Octagon prior to his light heavyweight bout against Corey Anderson during the UFC Fight Night event at Santa Ana Star Center on February 15, 2020 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

His significant strikes landed per minute come in at 3.49 with a 48% accuracy rate in his run thus far. These numbers dictate that a smaller 25-foot cage in the Apex Facility promotes a power blitzing style.

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Jan Blachowicz has all the tools to pull off the win, however, he’ll have to be wary of unorthodox techniques, as he’s facing a much faster opponent who isn’t afraid to throw in question mark kicks for good measure.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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