Champ versus champ super fights don’t come around often in MMA. But in a sport known for its rather chaotic and mischievous deities, the MMA gods blessed UFC 259 with exactly that. Not to mention two other title fights, and a 15-fight card that miraculously held together.
While many super fights have been lost in the fray of MMA over the years (GSP vs. Silva, Lesnar vs. Fedor, Silva vs. Jones), Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya wasn’t one of those. Sure, Blachowicz wasn’t an estbalished star — but the current light heavyweight champ welcomed the idea of Adesanya moving up to attempt what few have done in the sport, and try to capture the Champ Champ status. There was no long drawn-out blueprint or question of whether this fight would come to fruition. The fight was booked, the date was set, and Saturday night, the fight arrived.
Of course, Glover Teixeira was the rightful contender to Blachowicz’s light heavyweight title. And he did weigh in for UFC 259, but only as a back-up. Still, it is hard to be disappointed with the main event that was put in place for the event — and it may have done wonders for Blachowicz’s legacy.
What we witnessed in the end was a very strategic fight between Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya. Adesanya started strong, but as the fight wore on, Blachowicz began to find his footing. Heading into the championship rounds, he’d claimed at least one frame, and began to mix in takedowns for which the middleweight champion had no answer. The end result, thanks to that late-fight adjustment, Jan Blachowicz defended his title usccessfully against the dangerous Adesanya. Handing “The Last Stylebender” his first loss as a pro in the process.
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Check out the Pro Take on what was a gruelling UFC 259 light heavyweight championship main event.
#UFC259 Wow. This was close. Take downs were nasty!
— Ciryl Gane (@ciryl_gane) March 7, 2021
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) March 7, 2021
That was a good fight! Props to Izzy for taking a chance. He could have played it safe and stayed at middleweight but he tried to be a two division champ. You never know what you can do if you don’t take chances on yourself. Good fight by Jan. 🙏🏽 Respect #ufc259
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) March 7, 2021
Jan dominated Izzy #UFC259
— Sasha Palatnikov (@PalatnikovMMA) March 7, 2021
Dare to be great, good job kid 👍🏾
— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 7, 2021
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) March 7, 2021
Great fight by both men but no 49-45 🤦🏿♂️ #ufc259
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) March 7, 2021
I really thought Izzy was gonna beat Jan easy! Maybe Costa was drunk 😂😂😂
— Funky (@Benaskren) March 7, 2021
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) March 7, 2021
Wait only one belt was on the line? Adesanya had zero risk?
— Vinc Pichel (@FromHellPichel) March 7, 2021
Respect to both guys 👏 👏👏#UFC259
— Adrian Yanez (@yanezmma) March 7, 2021
Told you so as did every judge. The commentary was unbelievably biased tonight.
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) March 7, 2021
Did Jan take it?! I think so…. #ufc259
— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) March 7, 2021
Can’t wait to fuckin meet this bitch again
— Marvin Vettori (@MarvinVettori) March 7, 2021
Great fight to both guys. Izzy had great feints and leg kicks but blachowicz won by landing bigger shots on feet, takedowns and GNP. #ufc259
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) March 7, 2021
Adesanya were you drunk too?
— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) March 7, 2021
— Charles Oliveira (@CharlesDoBronxs) March 7, 2021
— Kevin Holland (@Trailblaze2top) March 7, 2021
— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) March 7, 2021