Jan Blachowicz defeated Israel Adesanya in the wee hours of Sunday, 7 March, 2021 to retain the light heavyweight title.
‘The Last Stylebender’, as Adesanya is popularly called, suffered his first career loss in Ultimate Fight Club (UFC) at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The Polish fighter defeated Adesanya via an unanimous decision of 49-46, 49-45, 49-45.
After a tight opening three rounds, Blachowicz took over in the fourth and fifth as big takedowns in each championship round saw the 38-year-old control things on the ground.
The 31-year-old Nigerian-Kiwi, who entered the fight with a 20-0 record that features 15 knockouts, now has 20-1.
Adesanya’s eight-fight win streak came to an end against Blachowicz, who first took the 205-pound belt in 2020 after stopping Dominick Reyes.
In the other co-main event, Amanda Nunes (21-4) easily defended her featherweight crown by defeating Megan Anderson (11-5).
Aljamain Sterling (20-3) won the bantamweight title after Petr Yan (15-2) lost by disqualification.