‘Jan Blachowicz Has Not Gotten the Respect That He Deserves’- Daniel Cormier Has Some Advice for Israel Adesanya Ahead of UFC 259

Published 03/06/2021, 9:06 PM EST
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 12: UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya of Nigeria gestures to the crowd during the UFC 236 weigh-in at State Farm Arena on April 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Jan Blachowicz will defend his light-heavyweight title against Israel Adesanya at UFC 259. The middleweight champion is looking to become one of the very few fighters to achieve the simultaneous double champion status in the UFC. Former UFC double champion, Daniel Cormier, has some words of advice for Izzy ahead of his historic quest.

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DC believes the 205lbs division champion, Blachowicz, is often overlooked by the MMA community and doesn’t get the deserved respect. But, he has shown previous middleweight world champions like Luke Rockhold and Jacare Souza that light-heavyweight is a whole different game. So, ‘Stylebender’ had better be careful.

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It’s a tough fight. You know, it’s, crazy because Jan Blachowicz has not gotten the respect that he deserves. This guy has beaten everyone that have tried to come up against him in the in his recent run and you know Jan Blachowicz is going to be at a bit of a disadvantage in terms of speed with Israel Adesanya.

“Star power, Israel Adesanya, there are a lot of things swing in his favor. And if he can win this fight, he will skyrocket to the moon,” said Cormier in a recent interview with Helen Yee.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria poses on the scale during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Cormier also added that Adesanya has the potential to be the biggest superstar of the UFC. He has got all the charisma and of course; he is a phenomenal fighter who backs up his antics. His undefeated record is a testament to that fact.

Can Israel Adesanya create history at UFC 259?

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Adesanya came up much lighter in weight than Blachowicz at the weigh-ins. However, Cormier believes Blachowicz is a different beast than anybody Izzy has ever fought. He possesses superlative power in everything he does inside the Octagon. So, ‘The Last Stylebender’ can’t afford to get hit once by Blachowicz as it could change the course of the fight.

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)

However, one should not forget Adesanya is special in his own merit. He will look to prove to the world that size is not everything in martial arts. But, Blachowicz is more than just a physical specimen. He is a complete mixed martial artist who possesses superlative skill sets. Regardless of the outcome, fans will be in for a mouth-watering contest.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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