UFC 259: Muscles don’t win fights, Adesanya warns Blachowicz

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Israel Adesanya has warned Jan Blachowicz ahead of their fight that his muscles won’t earn him victory at the UFA Apex Arena when they face off early on Sunday morning, Saturday PUNCH reports.

The 31-year-old, who is unbeaten as he looks for his second UFC title, is aiming to become the fifth fighter after Conor McGregor (featherweight and lightweight), Daniel Cormier (light heavyweight and heavyweight), Amanda Nunes (bantamweight and featherweight) and Henry Cejudo (flyweight and bantamweight) to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously.

He will become a double champion in UFC should he defeat Blachowicz, who is regarded as the epitome of Polish Power, whose thick frame has been likened to two of Adesanya’s frame at first glance.

Blachowicz expects to be around 220lbs come fight time, which means a possible 35lb weight disparity in the Octagon with Adesanya.

Despite this, Adesanya is making a point of not bulking up.

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“It’s just silly to me when people go and add ‘more muscles’ to their frame that they’re not used to,” he said ahead of the fight.

“I want to bring it back to the old martial arts, the technique. So, don’t worry about weight and all of that.

“Yes, there is a certain point. There is a point where it becomes in favour of the other guy, but not this time. I don’t think he’s going to put on enough weight where he’s (Blachowicz) going to be a problem for me and if he tries to, he’ll f*** himself over.

“Weight is an issue, yes, it is a problem if you know how to use it right but also there is a certain place, a certain mark where it becomes a big problem.

“This is just going to prove to people that muscles don’t win fights. He is a great fighter, but I know what true greatness is.

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 “I’ve been thinking about moving up just to show off. I’ve done it in kickboxing, I moved up to heavyweight. I did it in boxing, I moved up and faced a world-class guy at heavyweight.”

Meanwhile, Blachowicz admits Adesanya will be very fast due to his ‘thin’ body frame but counting on his power and weight to defeat the Nigerian-born New Zealander.

Blachowicz burst into prominence in 2019 with a brutal knockout of ex-middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. He followed that with wins over Jacare Souza, Corey Anderson and Reyes.

“Right now, I weigh close to 215lbs to 220lbs. I expect to weigh 220lbs (against Asdesanya). It’s the perfect weight for me. I don’t care what my weight my opponents are. It can be bigger or lower. I am the best when I’m around 220lbs,” Blachowicz said.

“He’s thin, you know. That’s it. He will be really fast, and he focused on this. Maybe if he put on more weight he would be slower and lose his best weapon.

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“I think otherwise he’s going to be low weight, that’s why. But I don’t care. I train with guys with his division so I’m ready for his speed. I’m going to use my power and my weight and make him tired in the clinch.

“I’ll use everything that I can to win this fight. And also my body is going to be larger and I’m going to use this to win the fight.”

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