Israel Adesanya was quick to discuss suffering the first loss of his pro MMA career.
Adesanya was in search of “Champ-Champ” status at UFC 259 this past Saturday night, March 6. “The Last Stylebender” was already the UFC Middleweight Champion. He challenged Jan Blachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.
Adesanya had his moments in the standup but Blachowicz was able to avoid danger throughout the fight. The 205-pound champion also executed perfectly timed takedowns and had solid top control. In the end, Blachowicz retained the gold via unanimous decision. Adesanya remains the middleweight champion as that title wasn’t on the line.
Speaking to UFC color commentator Joe Rogan after the fight, Adesanya said the fight didn’t play out the way he anticipated (h/t BJPenn.com).
“No, no, not exactly because I thought I was going to win. But you, I couldn’t sleep last night so instead of doing wines, I was doing lines so I could stay up. [This was a shot towards Paulo Costa over blaming a night of drinking on his loss to ‘The Last Stylebender’]. 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, you’re the ones on the sidelines but I’m the one putting it on the line.”
Adesanya dismisses the idea that Blachowicz’s size advantage played a factor in the fight.
“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.”
While Adesanya said his light heavyweight journey isn’t over, he did imply that his next fight will be contested at 185 pounds.