Israel Adesanya failed to become a two-time UFC champion. The great fighter from New Zealand rose from the middle to the light heavyweight division and tried to dethrone Jan Blachowicz on Sunday, but the Pole still proved to be too much for 'The Last Stylebender' in Las Vegas.
Adesanya didn’t gain extra muscle mass for this match, and Joe Rogan after the fight asked him if he had reconsidered that decision in the moments while Blachowicz was on him? "No, never. It was about tired legs.
I don't know why it happened, I'll have to look at the footage. The size was one of the factors that affected the fight, but my technique could have been better." "Let's say this was a bad day in the gym, only this time it was a bad day in the office, ”Adesanya commented, announcing a return to the middleweight division.
Somewhat later, he commented on the first defeat in his MMA career at a press conference. "Defeats are a part of life and something I face from time to time. It's just that this was my first in MMA. But if I should have lost to someone already, I'm glad I lost to him."
"Jan is a champion with style, a cool guy, and a very nice guy. He’s someone with a great story. He was on the verge of being fired and then came back, dominated, became the light heavyweight champion, and inflicted his first defeat on a future legend."
"I don’t regret anything. I have a feeling the boxing model brought to the point of looking at defeats as something so bad. Yes, it's a bad feeling to lose. Don't get me wrong. But it's not about the end of the world.
As I said, I've lost in the past, "Adesanya said and he lost to the Poles by a unanimous judge's decision. "Honestly, I could have won. But tonight he had better tactics and tonight he was a better fighter.
That's it. He showed respect for me, I showed respect for him." "I'm not broken. I hate to lose, but there's no point in despair. I presented my team well, and now is the time to correct the mistakes, ”Adesanya concluded.
Although no one expected Adesanya's defeat to happen, it did happen. Blachowicz managed to break his winning streak and thus surprise many. Really amazing story.