Israel Adesanya suffered his first loss to Jan Blachowicz for the UFC light heavyweight championship

Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya who has  been unbeaten in his previous 20 fights lost his first UFC fight to Jan Blachowicz through a unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 49-45) to retain his light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 259.

The loss is Adesanya’s first in his professional MMA career and brings his record to 20-1 and nine-win streak in the UFC.

The Polish champion, Blachowicz (28-8) has won five in a row. He claimed the UFC light heavyweight title in beating Dominick Reyes by second-round TKO at UFC 253 in September.

Adesanya said in interview with ESPN after his defeat “It didn’t go the way I wanted, but dare to be great,”.

The critics are the ones on the sidelines, but I’m the one putting it on the line.

Israel Adesanya

The first round was strictly a kick-boxing match as both fighters sized each other up with a few leg kicks with none of the punches connecting.

The 31-year-old would have become the first African-born double champion in UFC history if he records a win over the Polish Power.