Israel Adesanya get March 2021, date to fight Blachowicz for light heavyweight belt

Israel Adesanya get March 2021, date to fight Blachowicz for light heavyweight belt

- Israel Adesanya and Jan Blanchowicz will slug it out for the light heavyweight championship in March 2021

- The fight has been confirmed for UFC 259 after the middleweight champion moved up in weight class to challenge the Polish fighter

- The Last Style Bender retained his belt following a dominant win over Paulo Costa while Blachowicz knocked out Dominick Reyes

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Israel Adesanya has moved up in with class in a bid to become a UFC two-weight division champion.

The Last Style Bender will challenge Jan Blachowicz who defeated Dominick Reyes for the vacant light heavyweight title, the same night Israel outclassed unbeaten Paulo Costa.

It has been confirmed that the fight will hold on March 6, 2020, in a UFC 259 pay-per-view event with the location and venue yet to be announced.

Israel Adesanya set to become 2-weight champ, to fight Blachowicz for lightweight belt

Israel Adesanya set to become 2-weight champ, to fight Blachowicz for light heavyweight belt. Photo by Josh Hedges
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The fight will be Blachowicz's first title defense following a TKO win over Reyes at UFC 253 while Adesanya will be attempting the impossible as he moves up to 250 pounds weight category.

The Polish Power recorded knockout victories over Corey Anderson and Luke Rockhold in the build-up of becoming champion after the undefeated Jon Jones vacated the title.

On the other hand, Adesanya who has a 20-0 MMA record has kept a clean record since becoming the undisputed middleweight champion and has successfully defended the belt against Yoel Romero and Costa.

The Nigerian-born New Zealand fighter became the interim champion with a victory over Kevin Gastelum and put away Robert Whittaker in a unification bout in 2019.

Adesanya's clash with Blachowicz will write his name in the history books if he captures the lightweight belt and the 31-year-old has also revealed plans to move up into the heavyweight category in the future.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Israel Adesanya Nigerian mixed martial artist has been crowned 2020 fighter of the year at the World MMA Awards staged on Sunday, December 27.

The 31-year-old remains invincible after successfully defending his UFC Middleweight title in the year under review.

Adesanya defeated the duo of Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa in the Octagon to increase his tally to 20 wins after 20 fights - winning 15 of those bouts through knockouts while the remaining were decided by the officials.

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