Israel Adesanya, Nigeria MMA Fighter Suffers His First Career Loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC
Saturday night, march 6th 2021.
The New Zealand – Nigerian MMA fighter, Israel Adesanya suffered his first career loss after his defeat by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
Isreal was closed to becoming the fifth fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously after a 20 – 0 record.
In the fight round, Adesanya showed a clear speed advantage against Jan Blachowicz. But Jan Blachowicz took control during the final two rounds and defended his title.
“Losses are part of life. Losses are something we have to deal with daily,” Isreal told reporters at the post-fight news conference. “Just this is my first one in MMA. As I say, it is what it is. If I was going to lose to anyone, what better guy to lose to than Jan?
“Jan is a classy champion, a cool guy, and very nice. He is a guy who has a great story in himself. On his way to getting cut from the company, comes back and then dominates and becomes the light heavyweight champion and then hands this guy, a future legend, his first loss. Yeah, if I was going to lose to anyone, I’m glad I lost to Jan Blachowicz.”
“I don’t have any regrets,” Isreal said. “Like I said, I don’t know. I feel like the boxing model has made it a bad thing to lose. Yeah, it sucks losing. Don’t get me wrong. But it’s not like the end of the world. Like I said, I’ve lost before in the past. … Right now, me and my team, we’re just excited to get home, work on certain little details and get better.”
Isreal have made Nigeria, New Zealand and every country he represents proud. He have dedicated his time and energy into boxing. Although he lost, his fans are still proud of him.