Nigerian mixed-martial artist, Israel Adesanya, has failed in his bid to hold a two-weight champion simultaneously after losing to Jan Blachowicz in the light heavyweight title fight.
Adesanya would have become the fifth fighter to achieve the feat in the history of the game if he had succeeded in defeating the light heavyweight titleholder on Sunday morning.
Adesanya, who is the middleweight champion, couldn’t beat the Pole, who is bigger, more experienced, and older, which the New Zealander said troubled him.
Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo are among the five fighters in UFC history to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously.
Adesanya lost to Blachowicz via a unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 49-45).
‘Just a bad day in the gym’
Reacting to the defeat, he said he will be back stronger. While noting that it was just his technique is superior to that of the pole, the Nigerian-born fighter said it was just a bad day in the gym.
He also said not adding weight before moving up to the category is not responsible for his loss.
“Dare to be great.”
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