Nigerian born, Israel Adesanya suffered his first loss in his mixed martial arts career as he came up short against his opponent, Jan Blachowicz at the UFC 259.
The UFC 259 took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on a Saturday night. Adesanya had a shot at history to become UFC’s fifth double-champion by joining the likes of Amanda Nunes, Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo as the only UFC’s simultaneous two-belt champions but failed.
This loss means his unbeatable record has been broken as Blachowicz who successfully defended his light heavyweight strap. It also means Adesanya’s nine-win streak in the UFC has come to an end.
The judges scored the fight 49-46, 49-45, 49-45 as the Polish champion, Blachowicz won with a unanimous decision over Adesanya as he handed him his first loss in his mixed martial arts career that began in 2012.
Speaking during his post-match conference, Adesanya said that even though the decision didn’t go his way, he would work hard to make a comeback at the title.
“It didn’t go the way I wanted it to go, but dare to be great. The critics are the ones on the sidelines, but I’m the one putting it on the line.
“This is not a one-off. I definitely will be back … I’m going back to 185, and I’m going to rule that b**** with my iron black fist,” he said.