‘I Don’t Have to Run After Him’- Jan Blachowicz Has a Game Plan to Beat Israel Adesanya at UFC 259

Published 03/04/2021, 8:20 AM EST
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)


UFC champion Jan Blachowicz sat down with ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani and did a deep dive into his upcoming match-up. The 27-8 veteran who wields the legendary Polish Power had plenty to say about fighting Israel Adesanya at UFC 259. Blachowicz is attempting to halt Adesanya in his tracks and deny him a spot in the UFC’s history books.

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Israel Adesanya is looking to make history as the first-ever UFC champion to win two belts as an undefeated fighter. Additionally, with a win he’ll become just the fifth fighter ever to claim two belts in the organization. There is a lot on the line and Jan Blachowicz gladly looks to step up and make his name off a statement win against ‘Izzy’.

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Jan Blachowicz on his game plan for UFC 259

The Last Stylebender’ made a massive revelation in his recent ESPN interview and shared that he plans to weigh in below the 205-pound limit. Chiefly, Blachowicz was asked to comment on his news and he seemed largely unbothered. The Polish fighter was more focused on his own game plane and was keen to implement his own outlook.

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“The cage is smaller so I don’t have to you know, run after him. You know, when he’s going to be using his footwork. And when I grab him I’m going to use my weight you know. He’s going to feel that I’m heavier, and he’s going to be tired. When fight goes to the ground also, I’m going to be bigger. I think it’s going to be an easier job for me to control him on the ground, to take him to the ground.”

“I’m going to use not only my power but also me weight so I think his is going to be really good for me and will help me. But I have to catch him. Put pressure on him, go to half distance and that’s it you know, we’ll see.”

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates his win over Luke Rockhold in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

The stylistic match-up between the aforementioned fighters is a large reason why there’s massive intrigue for the fight. Jan Blachowicz seems sure that his extra weight coupled with his famed power will be enough to win the day. It’s interesting to see how the bout will play off especially when both men rely heavily on counter punching.

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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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