Blachowicz defeats Adesanya to retain heavyweight title

Jan Blachowicz handed Israel Adesanya his first career defeat, as he retained his light heavyweight title by unanimous decision at UFC 259 in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Jan Blachowicz (28-8) was awarded an upset unanimous decision victory over Israel Adesanya (20-1) after judges handed scores of 49-46, 49-45, and 49-45 in favor of the Polish champion.

This means Israel Adesanya bid to become the fifth fighter in UFC history to become a two-weight champion simultaneously was aborted by his legendary opponent.

The Nigerian had stepped into the octagon against Jan Blachowicz, the light-heavyweight title-holder, in a bid to add to his middleweight championship honours.

With his defeat, the “Stylebender” has failed in his recent bid to join Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo as one of the five fighters in UFC history to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously.

The loss is Adesanya’s first in the UFC but the Nigerian-born New Zealander says the fight did not go according to plan.

“I thought I was going to win. The fight didn’t go exactly the way it wanted to go,” Adesanya said.

“The size did play a factor but I could have done better. This is not a one-off. I’m definitely going to come back.

“I dared to be great and now I go back to the middleweight and rule it with an iron fist.”

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