This upcoming Saturday brings one of the most entertaining fighters in the UFC back to the octagon at UFC 259 where The Last Stylebender will look to add to his already impressive resume. Currently the UFC middleweight champion, Adesanya is looking for more ways to dominate. He is not content with a single championship belt, so he is moving up to the light heavyweight division to fight the current champion and look to ice out his waist in double up fashion.
Israel Adesanya has showcased unmatched talent in the MMA arena, boasting a 20-0 record. He made it look easy in his last fight, demolishing the then undefeated Paula Costa with a TKO in the second round. He whittled his intimidating physical stature down to size with an array of leg kicks that left Costa struggling to maintain his balance, setting up for a dominant second round that left Costa looking absolutely helpless.
Adesnya has a plethora of notable wins to add to the hype of the seemingly unbeatable Nigerian Nightmare, boasting wins on the likes of UFC legend Anderson Silva (whom both showed a great respect for each other), stole the middleweight belt from underneath the feet of Robert Whittaker, and demonstrated an impressive showing against Yoel Romero. Adesanya is as nimble and tactical as any fighter I have ever watched, whittling down opponents with well-organized assaults as he keeps himself untouched with incredible athleticism and agility.
As for his opponent, Jan Blachowicz, he is not to be taken lightly despite Izzy’s towering accomplishments and accommodations. He has been a slept on fighter in the UFC for a long time, holding a 27-8 record and coming off a four fight win streak which included his title fight against Dominick Reyes in which he won in just two rounds despite being listed as a +190 underdog. The odds listed for the upcoming fight on March 6th are in favor of Adesanya at -250 and the “Legendary Polish Power” listed at +190 once again.
In terms of my predictions for this fight, I cannot think anything else than Izzy putting on a striking clinic. Blachowicz has incredible knockout power that can change the fight within a split second, but I believe Paula Costa also held that same opportunity before being overrun with Izzy’s overwhelming speed and precision. Adesanya will have to be very careful not to be caught off guard with a haymaker, and should be able to pull this one out if he exercises the same patience and discipline we saw from him in earlier fights. As always, UFC fans everywhere cannot wait to see Israel get back in the octagon.