Belts on The Line
Who won Błachowicz vs Adesanya?
Jan Blachowicz beat Israel Adesanya by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC 259, on Saturday 6th March 2021 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Jan Blachowicz.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
This contest was for the UFC light heavyweight championship.
Błachowicz vs Adesanya stats
Jan Blachowicz stepped into the ring with a record of 27 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 9 by submission.
Israel Adesanya made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 20 wins and 0 draws, with 15 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Adesanya had a massive power advantage over Blachowicz, boosting at 75% knock out percentage over Blachowicz's 30%.
Jan Blachowicz was the older man by 7 years, at 38 years old.
Adesanya had a height advantage of 2 inches over Blachowicz. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Blachowicz was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 15 more fights, and made his debut in 2007, 5 years earlier than Adesanya, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 33 more professional rounds, 82 to Adesanya's 49.
Błachowicz vs Adesanya form
Blachowicz had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Dominick Reyes on 26th September 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had defeated Corey Anderson on 15th February 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Ronaldo Souza on 16th November 2019 by split decision in their 5 round contest at Ibirapuera Gymnasium, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Before that, he had won against Luke Rockhold on 6th July 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
He had been beaten by Thiago Santos on 23rd February 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic.
Adesanya had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Yoel Romero at UFC 248 on 7th March 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 on 5th October 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 on 13th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, United States.
Before that, he had won against Anderson Silva at UFC 234 on 9th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia.
He had defeated Derek Brunson at UFC 230 on 3rd November 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Jan Blachowicz had been fighting more than Israel Adesanya.
Going to this contest, Jan Blachowicz had last fought 7 months and 14 days ago, while Israel Adesanya's last outing had been 1 year, 2 months and 3 days ago.
Blachowicz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 2 months and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
Adesanya's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.