‘Nobody Fights Israel With Tactics’- Henry Cejudo Predicts Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz

Published 03/06/2021, 9:08 PM 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)


Jan Blachowicz will defend his light-heavyweight title against middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, who is looking to be a part of the prestigious simultaneous UFC double champion group. Given the magnitude of the event, one of the former simultaneous champions, Henry Cejudo, will have his eye on the event.

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‘Triple-C’ knows firsthand about the recipe of holding two belts at once and saw something that could see Adesanya reign supreme. ‘The Messenger’ believes Adesanya will be triumphant, but that is only because nobody fights him with proper tactics.

Speaking to Helen Yee, Cejudo said, “I think he’s gonna knockout The Polish nightmare. I really do. I think he’s gonna knock him out. Just because nobody fights Israel with tactics. Israel hasn’t necessarily, and again, I like him. He’s a world champion, but he’s not he’s not well rounded yet, or at least he hasn’t showed that yet.”

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He compared ‘The Last Stylebender’ with former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, who he believed did not have a backup plan when faced with a better striker.

For Israel. I was like, man, let me see you’re wrestling, let me see your jiu-jitsu like you know what I’m saying? Like make me make me feel like you’re you are going to be pound for pound. But I don’t I don’t see that yet,” he added.

Can Israel Adesanya show a different side of his game at UFC 259?

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There’s a high chance Blachowicz will look to test Adesanya’s untested MMA grappling skills as it remains to be seen if ‘Izzy’ can keep up with a stronger guy on the canvas.

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 13: (L-R) UFC President Dana White places the interim middleweight championship belt on Israel Adesanya after defeating Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision in their interim middleweight championship bout during the UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But, as ‘Stylebender‘ is a true martial artist through and through, it will be foolish to underestimate him. He is a generational talent and has been battle-tested with almost 100 fights as a professional in combat sports. Regardless of the outcome, fans are in for a treat as two warriors will clash at UFC 259.

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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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