Isreal Adesanyo Loses UFC259 Fight Against Jan Blachowicz
Israel Adesanya’s bid to become a double UFC champion has ended with the first loss of his mixed martial arts career.
After amassing a perfect 20-0 record, the reigning middleweight king finally met his match with the move up to light-heavyweight, as Jan Blachowicz (28-8) defended his title via unanimous decision.
The opening three rounds were very close, though Adesanya appeared to get better of the Polish powerhouse, showing a clear speed advantage against the heavier fighter.
However, the judges saw it differently. And with Blachowicz taking control during the final two rounds on the back of his grappling, all three officials awarded the bout his way, 49-46, 49-45 and 49-45.
Adesanya has held the middleweight belt since October 2019 and was attempting to become just the fifth fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in two separate divisions at the same time.