Israel Adesanya skillfully chose apart Paulo Costa to maintain his middleweight title and extend his best expert record to 20 -0 at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi.
The occasion marked a go back to ‘UFC Fight Island’ and Adesanya made a 2nd successful defence of his crown by ending up the previously unbeaten Brazilian through a second-round TKO.
Yas Island has actually been transformed into a seclusion bubble for fighters, groups and media for a five-event run, and the first program of the promotion’s second stint likewise saw a brand-new champ crowned in the co-main event as Poland’s Jan Blachowicz won the uninhabited light heavyweight title.
In the primary occasion, Adesanya, 31, focused much of his attack on Costa’s lead leg in the first round, getting in touch with 15 leg kicks inside the opening 5 minutes, while the Brazilian was more patient than some expected.
However, the fighters constantly exchanged comments as they attempted to goad each other into an early error.
Adesanya’s leg attack continued through round 2 as the Nigerian-born New Zealander masterfully managed the variety and picked off Costa, 29, nearly at will, with the Brazilian having a hard time to land anything of substance.
Then, as an increasingly annoyed Costa wanted to close the range, Adesanya struck and dropped the hulking Brazilian with a counter right, then completed his guy with ground strikes after three minutes, 59 seconds.
” Too simple,” exclaimed UFC analysts Jon Anik and Paul Felder as previous kickboxing star Adesanya sealed his ninth straight UFC win to additional cement his status as the world’s premier 185 pound fighter.
while the guy himself stated he showed his naysayers wrong after he got criticism from some quarters following his lacklustre screen versus Cuba’s Yoel Romero in his previous appearance at UFC 248 in March.
” You all must have forgot. I need to make you keep in mind, we’re the very best,” said Adesanya, referring the criticism he got from some quarters following his lacklustre display screen versus Cuba’s Yoel Romero in his previous look in March.
He then mentioned he wants to face Jared Cannonier in his next title defence, if the American can beat former champion Robert Whittaker in their battle at UFC 254 on 24 October.
” Anderson Silva lived a terrific tradition and I desire to do service to the middleweight department,” he stated. “Jared Cannonier, I like his energy, he’s a beautiful man. I said, ‘You damage Robert Whittaker, you’re next.'”
Blachowicz’s ‘legendary Polish power’ prevails
In the night’s co-main occasion, Blachowicz caught the UFC light heavyweight title – abandoned by long-reigning champ Jon Jones who has gone up to heavyweight – with a punch-perfect performance to finish Dominick Reyes in the second round.
Blachowicz, 37, settled rapidly and connected more regularly through the opening round, consisting of a pair of heavy kicks to the body that left a large red welt on the ideal side of the American’s ribcage.
The controlled aggressiveness continued as Blachowicz filled up and started to assemble more combinations. The former KSW light heavyweight champion broke Reyes’ nose when he got in touch with a right hand and soaked the pressure to complete his male with 24 seconds staying in the second round.
Blachowicz’s TKO victory saw him improve his profession record to 27 wins and 8 losses. It extends his winning streak to four, with 3 of those success coming inside the range as an outcome of what he calls his “famous Polish power”.
After his victory, Blachowicz said: “Jon Jones, where are you? Don’t be a quitter. I am awaiting you.”
But, with Jones’ time as a 205 lb fighter now relatively in the past after his move up to heavyweight, Blachowicz will face the challenge of warding off the growing list of light heavyweight competitors, consisting of increasing European talents Jiri Prochazka and Aleksandar Rakic, plus Brazilian veteran Glover Teixeira and the last guy to defeat him, Brazil’s Thiago Santos.
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