Nigerian mixed martial artist, Israel Adesanya has spoken after his first defeat, saying he was unable to sleep well before the fight that ended his flawless record.
Adesanya suffered a defeat to Jan Blachowicz in the UFC 259 light heavyweight championship in Las Vegas – his first defeat in the combat sport. He lost the battle against his Polish opponent in the fifth round through a unanimous decision.
All three judges gave the contest to Blachowicz with a scorecard of 49–46, 49–45, 49–45 at the end of the meeting.
Reacting to the setback, the 31-year-old insisted that the fight didn’t go as planned, adding that he was unable to sleep before the fight.
Speaking with BT Sport by the ringside, he said all he had on his mind was to win.
“I thought I was going to win and you know, I couldn’t sleep last night and instead of doing wines, I was doing lines just to stay up.
“They got me one of these (bottle of wine) and I probably should have had it maybe I would have slept better.
“Yes it didn’t go the way I wanted it but dare to be great, you know the critics are on the sidelines but I am the one putting my life on the line.”