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UFC 259: Adesanya slower than expected, says Blachowicz after victory

Polish fighter, Jan Blachowicz, has said that his opponent Israel Adesanya was slower than he had expected in their fight on Sunday at the APEX Arena in Las Vegas.

The PUNCH had reported that Blachowicz retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision over middleweight champion Adesanya.

In an interview after the fight, where Blachowicz earned a victory by scores of 49-46, 49-45 and 49-45, the Polish fighter said, “I thought that he would be a little bit faster, but he doesn’t hit so hard

“He was slower, but he hit harder, this was something I don’t expect. I should do my left hand a little bit more, I should do more jabs, put more pressure on him. But game plan is one, and fight is second, a different thing.”

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.

In the first three rounds, both men minimised mistakes and scrambled to find their stance but Blachowicz bulldozes his way into a dominant mounting position in the fourth and fifth rounds.

Israel Adesanya had intended to burnish the legend as he aimed to become the fifth fighter in UFC history to become a two-weight champion simultaneously.

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.

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