Just like that, in very impressive fashion, Israel “The Last Style Bender” Adesanya retains his Middleweight championship with a 2nd round KO over Paolo Costa. Oh and Jan Blachowicz wins the Light Heavyweight Title with a KO win over Dominick Reyes. The rest of the card was great with lesser known fighters.
Jon Jones vacates the title and gives way for a new era of LHW title reign. Will the Polish sensation Jan Blachowicz stay at the top? Immediately after his win, Jan calls for Jon Jones and that just shows how weak the LHW division is. Dana White’s dilemma is big now. Does he just throw random guys at Jan or does he wait for Thiago Santos to fully recover and win a tune up fight before his title shot? Who knows but there’s a lot of names in the mix. Just none that deserve an immediate shot.
So who’s next? We can assume that Dom Reyes is out. He’s had two back to back shots at the title and lost. Arguably won vs Jones. Corey Anderson lost in 2020 to the champ. Luke Rockhold is making a comeback but same for him after getting KOd by Blachowicz. Glover Teixeira’s name might come up while on a 4 fight win streak. Thiago Santos fought hard and came close vs Jon Jones but he hasn’t fully recovered from his surgeries. One name people might not recognize but should be considered is #6 ranked Jiri Prochazka, he’s been fighting for a long time and was the champ at Rizin. He KOd Volkan Oezdemir earlier this year in his first fight in the UFC. I’d bet that Prochazka fights Glover then Santos before he gets a title shot. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
The Last Style Bender redeems all his trash talk again. This guy is on fire! I don’t get the skepticism on Adesanya. Ever since he had that battle vs Gastelum, his stock has been rising but still the F*****G haters are still alive. “Too Skinny”, “Anderson is washed up, easy win”, “He won’t beat Whitaker” and now “was Izzy on steroids?”. All the garbage, all the smack. He talked S*** and backed it up. Izzy got in Paolo Costa’s head and it worked like a charm. Adesanya wins the fight with an impressive 1st round KO, while I don’t think Costa threw more than 3 jabs that connected. It could be that the moment was bigger than Costa was. All this to say that Izzy has climbed the ranks of best MW of all time.