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UFC 259: Jan Blachowicz grounds Israel Adesanya and defends light heavyweight belt

'Now I think I deserve respect'

Jan Blachowicz threw cold water on middleweight champion Israel Adesanya’s dreams adding the light heavyweight strap at UFC 259.

While Blachowicz (28-8-0) struggled with the striking of Adesanya (20-1-0), the “Polish Power” used his grappling and strength advantages to take down “Stylebender” and pile up important points en route to a 49-46, 49-45, 49-45, unanimous decision win.

Rounds 4 and 5 were critical for Blachowicz, as the striking of Adesanya was taking over the contest when Blachowicz takedowns wrestled control of the bout to his favour.

With the win, Blachowicz has now won five straight and defends his belt for the first time since winning it at UFC 253 last September.

Adesanya suffered the first professional loss of his career, but remains the UFC middleweight champion. He stated in the post-fight press conference that he will return to the middleweight division unbowed.

Kai Kara-France and Uros Medic earned performances of the night, while Kennedy Nzechukwu and Carlos Ulberg earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus

 

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

MARIO BAUTISTA VS. TREVIN JONES

 

WINNER: TREVIN JONES VIA TKO R2 0:40

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TREVIN JONES VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Another nice finish, this time don’t pop for mariuana, Trevin.

UROS MEDIC VS. AALON CRUZ 

 

WINNER: UROS MEDIC VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:40 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: UROS MEDIC VIA TKO

Andrews: ‘The Doctor’ went to work fast!

#15 LIVIA RENATA SOUZA VS. AMANDA LEMOS

 

WINNER: AMANDA LEMOS VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 3:39

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LIVIA RENATA SOUZA VIA UD 

Andrews: Lemos’ striking is on point. Well done.

SEAN BEADY VS. JAKE MATTHEWS 

 

WINNER: SEAN BRADY VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R1 3:39

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SEAN BRADY VIA UD 

Andrews: An impressive win for Brady taking down the former prospect in Matthews.

KENNEDY NZECHUKWU VS. CARLOS ULBERG 

 

WINNER: KENNEDY NZECHUKWU VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 3:19

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CARLOS ULBERG VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Amazing fight and full marks to both fighter. Kennedy gets the big win.

#12 TIM ELLIOTT VS. JORDAN ESPINOSA

 

WINNER: TIM ELLIOTT VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TIM ELLIOTT VIA UD 

Andrews: Elliott outworked Jordan.

ESPN PRELIMS 

#8 ROGERIO BONTORIN VS. #8 KAI KARA-FRANCE

 

WINNER: KAI KARA-FRANCE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:55

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROGERIO BONTORIN VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: A little confusion at the end, as Bontorin was knocked into next week. Herb Dean seems to be in the middle of these as of late, right or wrong.

#2 JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ VS. #3 ASKAR ASKAROV 

 

WINNER: ASKAR ASKAROV VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ASKAR ASKAROV VIA UD 

Andrews: Benavidez needs to retire. Now.

#14 SONG YADONG VS. KYLER PHILLIPS

WINNER: KYLER PHILLIPS VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDRES PREDICTION: SONG YADONG VIA UD

Andrews: Phillips outworked Yadong for the good win.

#11 DOMINICK CRUZ VS. CASEY KENNEY

 

WINNER: DOMINICK CRUZ VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DOMINICK CRUZ VIA UD

Andrews: Both fighters looked good. Good win for Cruz.

MAIN CARD 

#2 THIAGO SANTOS VS. #4 ALEKSANDAR RAKIC

 

WINNER: ALEKSANDAR RAKIC VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEKSANDAR RAKIC VIA TKO

Andrews: Rakic was just too big for Santos.

#14 ISLAM MAKHACHEV VS. DREW DOBER

 

WINNER: ISLAM MAKHACHEV VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R3 1:37

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISLAM MAKHACHEV VIA UD 

Andrews: Dominant win by Islam. As expected.

PETR YAN VS. #1 ALJAMAIN STERLING

WINNER: ALJAMAIN STERLING VIA DQ (ILLEGAL KNEE) R4 4:29

ANDREWS PREDICTION PETR YAN VIA UD 

Andrews: This is where bad communication can have consequences. Yan was told by his corner to strike Sterling. Bad advice, if that is accurate. They will have to run it back.

AMANDA NUNES VS. MEGAN ANDERSON 

 

WINNER: AMANDA NUNES VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 2:03

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMANDA NUNES VIA TKO

Andrews: Nunes was just too powerful and skilled.

MAIN EVENT

JAN BLACHOWICZ VS. ISRAEL ADESANYA 

WINNER: JAN BLACHOWICZ VIA UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-45)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISRAEL ADESANYA VIA UD 

JOHN SALVITTI PREDICTION: ISRAEL ADESANYA VIA UD

 Andrews: Well, Jan used the takedowns and being the bigger guy to his advantage. Izzy did well on the feet, but he couldn’t get off the ground.

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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