“My legs were tired…” – Adesanya reacts after first career loss
Nigerian-born Israel Adesanya reckons that he could have entered Sunday morning’s fight against Jan Blachowicz in better shape as his legs were fatigued during the loss
Adesanya was hoping to become a two-division champion when he squared off with Jan Blachowicz in the main event of UFC 259.
When asked if the weight difference played a factor Israel Adesanya responded with the following statement.
“Never. Never. That was just my legs being fatigued. I don’t know what from but I will have to watch the tape. I knew what to do and I just didn’t do it. Size did play a factor but my technique could have been a lot finer.”
The ‘Stylebender’ had entered the highly anticipated headliner sporting a perfect professional record of 20-0, his latest being a second round TKO victory over Paulo Costa at UFC 253.
Adesanya also took a dig at his critics when he told UFC commentator Joe Rogan:
“I couldn’t sleep last night so instead of doing wines I was doing lines so I could stay up. Then Bruce Buffer just handed me one of these (showcasing a bottle) so I probably should have had one of these, then I would have slept better. So yeah, it didn’t go exactly the way I wanted it to go but dare to be great. To the critics, your the ones on the sidelines but I’m the one putting it on the line.”
Due his undefeated record and convincing wins inside the Octagon, Israel Adesanya was dubbed the favorite to defeat Jan Blachowicz this evening in Las Vegas.
Blachowicz (28-8 MMA) was no stranger to the under label, having served as the betting dog in six of his past seven fights.
The Polish standout was once again able to prove oddsmakers wrong this evening. After Israel Adesanya opened the fight with a strong first round, Blachowicz slowly began to turn the contest in his favor. By rounds four and five, Jan was seemingly dominating ‘Izzy’ on the ground, this while sneaking in some good punches.
After twenty-five minutes of fun action it was clear to most watching that Jan Blachowicz had done enough to get his hand raised. The judges in attendance agreed and the Polish star was awarded a unanimous decision victory.