Israel Adesanya is aiming to affix an elite group of fighters when he takes on present UFC light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 on Saturday evening.
‘The Final Stylebender’ is making his first look within the 205lbs division after operating by means of a few of the finest middleweight fighters on the planet with consummate ease.
Nonetheless, the Nigerian-born New Zealander now faces his hardest examination as he prepares to face the legendary ‘Polish Energy’.
Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo have all held simultaneous titles in two completely different weight divisions, however Adesanya may change into the primary ever undefeated UFC twin champion in historical past if he can topple Blachowicz.
The 38-year-old isn’t any joke nonetheless; from going 2-Four within the UFC and on the point of being let go, the light-heavyweight secured eight spectacular victories which culminated in world championship gold on Combat Island in September.
What’s extra, he could effectively have the reply to lastly finish Adesanya’s unimaginable unbeaten run in MMA.
Adesanya tasted defeat throughout his profession as a kick boxer and was even knocked out chilly.
In his final look, the New Zealander was knocked spark out by Alex Pereira whereas combating in Glory of Heroes 7, in 2017.
The Brazilian really defeated Adesanya in 2016 on the first Glory of Heroes present in China, but it surely was to be an emphatic repeat efficiency as he left the 31-year-old on the deck.
The left hook which Pereira might be seen dropping him with within the footage under is eerily just like Blachowicz’s favoured shot; the lead left hook which has stopped each Luke Rockhold and Dominick Reyes of their tracks.
The Pole knocked the previous middleweight champion out chilly on his debut at 205lbs after which claimed the vacant title in opposition to Reyes in Abu Dhabi with a TKO end. But it was that devastating left hook which was the start of the tip for ‘The Dominator’.
In fact, touchdown on an opponent as elusive and proficient within the stand-up exchanges as Adesanya will likely be extraordinarily troublesome for any man.
But if there may be one fighter who has the power to search out a solution when the chips are down, it might be Jan Blachowicz along with his legendary ‘Polish Energy’.