‘I Love It!’- Dana White Backs Israel Adesanya’s Loss to Jan Blachowicz

Published 06/08/2021, 4:51 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: (L-R) Opponents Jan Blachowicz of Poland and Israel Adesanya of Nigeria face off during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, is one of the most prominent superstars in the entire UFC roster. However, ‘Stylebender’ was the subject of some criticism after his loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. Adesanya moved up a weight class to light-heavyweight for the fight and was handed his first pro-MMA loss by the Polish star.

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Despite all the criticism, UFC President Dana White is supportive of the middleweight champion. In fact, White lauded Adesanya for his activity. The fight against Vettori this weekend will be his third defense of the title since winning it against Robert Whittaker at UFC 243. He challenged for 205 lbs belt meanwhile too at UFC 259.

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I love it. No, I love the fact that, you know, he moves up, tries to win that fight, comes right back and jumps right back in the mix and starts fighting again. I love that. Love it,” said White.

‘The Last Stylebender’ is a phenomenal fighter. He is perhaps the best striker in the UFC. Apart from his fighting skills, his personality makes him even more likable among the UFC faithful. So, needless to say, he deserves all the credits in the world for what he has been able to achieve in his rather short stint in the promotion.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya makes his way to the Octagon for the Middleweight title bout during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Any superstar that has made a name for themselves divides opinions among fans. Adesanya is no different. Also, it’s hard to imagine he cares too much about what his critics have to say. As ‘Stylebender’ likes to do his talking with his performances.

Can Israel Adesanya bounce back from his loss at UFC 263?

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Adesanya faces Marvin Vettori in what will be a rematch between the duo, this weekend. The champion has already promised to put a stamp of authority on his performance this time and erase all doubts about his split decision win against ‘The Italian Dream‘ last time.

One can expect to see a more motivated version of the champion in this fight as he will look to prove that his loss in his last fight was an one off. So, fans might be in for a treat when the Octagon door closes at the Gila River Arena this weekend.

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