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LAS VEGAS — Israel Adesanya, who headlines UFC 259 vs. Jan Blachowicz on Saturday, has become one of the most talked-about fighters in the world. “The Last Style Bender” says he is comfortable with the idea that he could one day transcend MMA, like a Conor McGregor or a Ronda Rousey.
“It’s inevitable,” Adesanya said. “I just have to get used to it. I just have to accept it and not hide from the role that I’m in, not hide from the platform that I’m on. Because a lot of people get to this spot and they start to get like, ‘I’ve been here’ and it’s like s—. What did Kanye West say? ‘Y’all can have it back.’ … I just run with it.”
It might be hard to hold him back if he accomplishes this next feat: becoming only the fifth fighter to hold UFC titles in two different divisions simultaneously.
Adesanya, the UFC middleweight champion, will challenge Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title at the UFC Apex. Adesanya has never lost an MMA fight, and now he could add another gold belt to his collection.
Blachowicz, though, is no easy out. He’ll have a significant size advantage. Blachowicz told ESPN this week that he would weigh 220 pounds on fight day. He weighed 205 pounds, right at the title-fight light heavyweight limit, at weigh-ins Friday. Adesanya weighed only 200.5 pounds and doesn’t figure to weigh much more than that in the Octagon on Saturday night.
Blachowicz (27-8) has won four in a row, including three of those by KO/TKO. The 38-year-old Polish fighter won the vacant UFC light heavyweight title by beating Dominick Reyes by second-round TKO at UFC 253 last September.
Adesanya (20-0), a former champion kickboxer, has won his first nine fights in the UFC. The Nigeria-born New Zealand resident is coming off a second-round TKO over Paulo Costa at UFC 253. The flashy Adesanya, 31, has 15 knockouts in 20 career wins and has been UFC middleweight champion since October 2019.
In the co-main event, the greatest women’s MMA fighter of all time, Amanda Nunes, looks to defend her featherweight title against 6-foot powerhouse Megan Anderson. Nunes (20-4) is also the UFC women’s bantamweight champion and owns just about every prominent UFC women’s record there is.
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Anderson (11-4) has won two straight and has one-punch knockout power. Also on the card, Petr Yan attempts to make his first successful defense of the UFC bantamweight title against Aljamain Sterling.
On the undercard, Thiago Santos and Aleksandar Rakic meet in a critical light heavyweight contender bout, former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz returns against up-and-coming Casey Kenney, and Khabib Nurmagomedov training partner Islam Makhachev takes on Drew Dober.
Marc Raimondi, Brett Okamoto and Jeff Wagenheim recap the action as it happens in Las Vegas.