Mid-range UFC champion Israel Adesanya was determined to become a second-class weight-class champion on March 6 when he challenged the belt of heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.
UFC President Dana White informed ESPN on Wednesday that the match will take place at UFC 259 on March 6. However, he has yet to announce the venue.
Israeli puncher Adesanya is a special name for MMA. Since moving from kickboxing to MMA, the Nigerian New Zealander has enjoyed great success. He is unbeaten in all 20 UFC matches with 15 knockout wins. This puncher won the middleweight belt when he defeated Robert Whittaker in October 2019 at UFC 243.
He opened in 2020 with a victory over Yoel Romero in the UFC 48 tournament. More impressively, Israel Adesanya had an impressive knock-out victory over Paulo Costa after only two matches at UFC 253.
Recently, “The Last Stylebender” was also voted as “Fighter of the Year 2020” by the World MMA Awards.
Adesanya decided to move to the semi-heavyweight to challenge Jan Blachowicz’s championship belt, with the goal of becoming the eighth two-weight champion in UFC history. If he wins, he will be on the list of UFC monuments including: Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre, Daniel Cormier, Henry Cejudo and Amanda Nunes.
Meanwhile, Jan Blachowicz (27 wins -8 losses) played 2 matches in 2020 and won by knock-out, against Corey Anderson (first half) and Dominick Reyes (second half). In particular, the victory over Dominick Reyes on September 27 helped the Polish boxer win the heavy selling championship.
Turning 38 years old on February 24, however, Jan Blachowicz is still very prolific and full of determination to defeat the challenger. The semi-heavyweight champion is always confident with the nickname “The Polish’s Power” – the power of the fist from Poland that the audience still gives him.
The competition between Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz will be the first super classic match in the history of two weight classes: medium – heavy sale, between two current champions.