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Nigerian-born MMA Fighter, Israel Adesanya Suffers First Career Loss In Defeat To Polish Counterpart, Jan Blachowicz At UFC 259
Nigerian-born MMA Fighter, Israel Adesanya Suffers First Career Loss In Defeat To Polish Counterpart, Jan Blachowicz At UFC 259

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Nigerian MMA fighter, Israel Adesanya has suffered his first career defeat after he was beaten by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, March 6.

Adesanya, a Zealand-Nigerian middleweight champion was on the verge of becoming the fifth fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously after a 20 – 0 record.


In the keenly contested fight, Adesanya showed a clear speed advantage against Jan Blachowicz. But the Polish light-heavyweight grabbed control during the final two rounds and defended his title via unanimous decision to claim victory. All three officials awarded the bout his way, 49-46, 49-45, and 49-45.

“Losses are part of life. Losses are something I deal with occasionally,” Adesanya told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the post-fight news conference. “Just this is my first one in MMA. As I say, it is what it is. If I was going to lose to anyone, what better guy to lose to than a guy like Jan?

“(He’s) a classy champion, a cool dude, a very nice guy – a guy who has a great story in himself. On his way to getting cut from the company, comes back and then dominates and becomes the light heavyweight champion and then hands this guy, a future legend, his first loss. Yeah, if I was going to lose to anyone, I’m glad I lost to him.”

“(I have) no regrets,” Adesanya said. “Like I said, I don’t know. I feel like the boxing model has made it a bad thing to lose. Yeah, it sucks losing. Don’t get me wrong. But it’s not like the end of the world. Like I said, I’ve lost before in the past. … Right now, me and my team, we’re just excited to get home and work on certain little details.”

Adesanya began his career as a kickboxer in September 2011 and won his first five fights, before suffering his first and second losses in back-to-back fights in 2014.

He went on to win his next 12 fights and won the King of the Ring 86 Cruiserweights Tournament twice and the heavyweights tournament once.

His winning streak was ended by Brazilian Pereira at Glory of Heroes 1 in 2016 before he won another six fights in a row, claiming the Glory Middleweight Championship.

Back in 2012, Adesanya made his professional debut with a TKO win against James Griffiths and has since gone on to win 19 other fights before his recent lost to Jan Blachowicz.

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