LAS VEGAS– Israel Adesanya, who headings UFC 259 vs. Jan Blachowicz on Saturday, has actually turned into one of the most talked-about fighters on the planet. “The Last Design Bender” states he is comfy with the concept that he might one day go beyond Mixed Martial Arts, like a Conor McGregor or a Ronda Rousey.
” It’s inescapable,” Adesanya stated. “I simply need to get utilized to it. I simply need to accept it and not conceal from the function that I remain in, not conceal from the platform that I’m on. Due to the fact that a great deal of individuals get to this area and they begin to get like, ‘I have actually been here’ and it resembles s–. What did Kanye West state? ‘Y’ all can have it back.’ … I simply keep up it.”
It may be difficult to hold him back if he achieves this next accomplishment: ending up being just the 5th fighter to hold UFC titles in 2 various departments at the same time.
Adesanya, the UFC middleweight champ, will challenge Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title at the UFC Pinnacle. Adesanya has actually never ever lost a Mixed Martial Arts battle, and now he might include another gold belt to his collection.
Blachowicz, however, is no simple out. He’ll have a substantial size benefit. Blachowicz informed ESPN today that he would weigh 220 pounds on battle day. He weighed 205 pounds, right at the title-fight light heavyweight limitation, at weigh-ins Friday. Adesanya weighed just 200.5 pounds and does not figure to weigh a lot more than that in the Octagon on Saturday night. Blachowicz (27-8) has actually won 4 in a row, consisting of 3 of those by KO/TKO. The 38-year-old Polish fighter won the uninhabited UFC light heavyweight title by beating Dominick Reyes by second-round TKO at UFC 253 last September.
Adesanya (20-0), a previous champ kickboxer, has actually won his very first 9 battles in the UFC. The Nigeria-born New Zealand local is coming off a second-round TKO over Paulo Costa at UFC 253. The fancy Adesanya, 31, has 15 knockouts in 20 profession wins and has actually been UFC middleweight champ considering that October 2019.
In the co-main occasion, the best ladies’s Mixed Martial Arts fighter of perpetuity, Amanda Nunes, seeks to safeguard her featherweight title versus 6-foot powerhouse Megan Anderson. Nunes (20-4) is likewise the UFC ladies’s bantamweight champ and owns practically every popular UFC ladies’s record there is. Anderson (11-4) has actually won 2 straight and has one-punch knockout power. Likewise on the card, Petr Yan tries to make his very first effective defense of the UFC bantamweight title versus Aljamain Sterling.
On the undercard, Thiago Santos and Aleksandar Rakic satisfy in a vital light heavyweight competitor bout, previous bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz returns versus up-and-coming Casey Kenney, and Khabib Nurmagomedov training partner Islam Makhachev handles Drew Dober.
Marc Raimondi, Brett Okamoto and Jeff Wagenheim wrap up the action as it occurs in Las Vegas.
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Battle in development:
Welterweight: Sean Brady (13-0, 3-0 UFC, -210) vs. Jake Matthews (17-4, 10-4 UFC, +175)
Strawweight: Amanda Lemos (9-1-1, 3-1 UFC) beats Livinha Souza (14-3, 3-2 UFC)
Lemos completed this battle in between Brazilian ladies with a jab.
The straight punch dropped Souza, and referee Jason Herzog leapt in nearly right away, waving off the bout as a TKO at 3:39 of Round 1. It was a fast action by the ref, nearly as fast as Lemos’ effective fists.
Amanda Lemos was credited with 2 knockdowns in her KO win over Livinha Souza.
— UFC News (@UFCNews) March 6, 2021
The 33-year-old Lemos, in winning her 3rd straight battle, was in command from the start, taking ownership of the center of the Octagon and stalking Souza, who was overmatched in the standup combating. The bout went to the canvas midway through the round after Lemos landed an overhand right-hand man that dropped her countrywoman, however that really offered Souza a twinkle of a possibility. She clinched Lemos’ ankle and chose a submission– Souza has 8 of them amongst her 14 profession wins– however Lemos left, provided some ground-and-pound, then got the battle back to standing.
That was the start of completion for Souza, who is 29. She had no responses, got come by the jab, which sealed her 2nd loss in her last 3 battles.
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Lightweight: Uroš Medić (7-0, 1-0 UFC) beats Aalon Cruz (8-4, 0-2 UFC) by first-round TKO
Medic has actually been stating he’s UFC-ready for a while. He showed it huge time in his marketing launching.
Medic ravaged Cruz with strikes on the feet, en path to a first-round TKO surface. Medic injured Cruz nearly right away, and referee Mark Smith offered Cruz every chance to continue– maybe a lot of– prior to lastly calling the bout at the 1:40 mark.
This men a beast!!!
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 6, 2021
Medic, who battles out of Alaska however was born in Serbia, terribly hurt Cruz with a left hook to the temple and followed that with a flying knee that Cruz consumed flush. Cruz essentially dropped to the ground, concealed and kept Medic’s leg. Medic struck him with a long series of unanswered punches, and dropped him once again with a left hand after Cruz in some way handled to stand. Completion was never ever in concern.
A previous candidate on Dana White’s Competitor Series, Medic has actually ended up all of his expert bouts, consisting of 6 in the preliminary. Cruz, who likewise was on DWCS and is from Tampa, drops to 0-2 in the UFC with 2 first-round losses by knockout.
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Guy’s bantamweight: Trevin Jones (13-6 1 NC, 1-0 1 NC UFC) beats Mario Bautista (8-2, 2-1 UFC) by second-round TKO
Jones lastly has his very first UFC triumph– formally.
He really won his marketing launching last August, knocking out Timur Valiev, however the outcome was reversed to a no-contest after Jones checked favorable for cannabis. He had actually taken the battle on 2 days notification.
Luxury surface by @TrevinAJones
— ESPN Mixed Martial Arts (@espnmma) March 6, 2021
Now the 30-year-old local of New Orleans, who matured in and still trains in Guam, has another knockout. This one came 40 seconds into the 2nd round, when he captured Bautista being available in with a lead right uppercut, dropping him. Jones is unbeaten in his previous 4 battles.
Bautista, a 27-year-old combating out of the Mixed Martial Arts Laboratory in Glendale, Arizona, saw a two-fight winning streak pertained to an end.
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Still to come:
Light heavyweight title bout: Jan Blachowicz (c) (27-8, 10-5 UFC, +200) vs. Israel Adesanya (20-0, 9-0 UFC, -240)
Women’s featherweight title bout: Amanda Nunes (c) (20-4, 13-1 UFC, -1100) vs. Megan Anderson (11-4, 3-2 UFC, +700)
Guy’s bantamweight title bout: Petr Yan (c) (15-1, 7-0 UFC, -120) vs. Aljamain Sterling (19-3, 11-3 UFC, +100)
Lightweight: Islam Makhachev (18-1, 7-1 UFC, -380) vs. Drew Dober (23-9 1 NC, 9-5 1 NC UFC, +300)
Light heavyweight: Aleksandar Rakić (13-2, 5-1 UFC, -160) vs. Thiago Santos (21-8, 13-7 UFC, +135)
Guy’s bantamweight: Dominick Cruz (22-3, 5-2 UFC, +115) vs. Casey Kenney (16-2-1,5 -1 UFC, -135)
Guy’s bantamweight: Tune Yadong (16-4-1, 5-0-1 UFC, -160) vs. Kyler Phillips (8-1, 2-0 UFC, +135)
Guy’s flyweight: Joseph Benavidez (28-7, 15-5 UFC, +105) vs. Askar Askarov (12-0-1, 2-0-1 UFC, -125)
Guy’s flyweight: Rogério Bontorin (16-2, 2-1 UFC, +115) vs. Kai Kara-France (21-9, 4-2 UFC, -135)
Guy’s flyweight: Tim Elliott (17-11-1, 5-9 UFC, +100) vs. Jordan Espinosa (15-8, 2-3 UFC, -120)
Light heavyweight: Kennedy Nzechukwu (7-1, 1-1 UFC, +200) vs. Carlos Ulberg (5-0, 0-0 UFC, -250)
( c) = safeguarding champ