AROUND THE UFC AFTER UFC 259

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Everyone at the UFC may want to take a little breather now that those huge events are done with, but knowing Dana White, that is not happening anytime soon, not after all that has transpired recently. This will be the perfect time to have a BetRivers promo code ready, as there is more blockbusters to come from the UFC. Still rocking from Khabib’s decision to retire, the UFC has had to deal with another shocker as rising star Khamzat Chimaev, posted an emotional message on Instagram detailing a hard battle with Covid-19 and then hinting at retirement. Taking the UFC by storm at the end of last year, Chimaev was expected to be one of the faces of the UFC this year but is yet to make any sort of appearance this season.

Then came that Conor McGregor return to the octagon, against a Dustin Poirier he had beaten before, a long time ago, who is no longer that fighter. This time it would be Poirier that will be dominant, taking out McGregor in impressive style with a TKO. McGregor’s lack of conditioning and long absence from the ring was obvious as his legs gave way too early. Poirier is not one of the top guys in the UFC for nothing and certainly relished getting his revenge. A trilogy is already in the works and both men are not in opposition, even showing an open mutual respect to each other. Then came UFC 259 and all those title fights, the biggest being Israel Adesanya’s challenge against Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title. Amanda Nunes holds two titles in the Women’s division and had no problem dispatching challenger, Megan Anderson, with a vicious armbar. Blachowicz was a betting underdog against Adesanya, even after the Last Stylebender weighed in we’ll below the standard weight for the fight, opting to hold up a pizza instead.

The champ probably took that to heart and was in full attack mode from the get go. To Adesanya’s credit, adjusting so fast to a new weight and holding his own against the heavier, bigger Blachowicz was impressive and reminiscent of his Middleweight title defence earlier in the year against Costa. Both men were pound for pound in the opening rounds, with Adesanya better technically but Blachowicz more comfortable in his weight. Every round was close, but Blachowicz managed to be more intentional in the closing stages of each one, to inch past Adesanya on the score cards. In the championship rounds he finally got Adesanya to the ground and pounded away, sealing the results in the mind of the judges. Both men showed heart, and more so for Blachowicz he silenced the doubters who have always been in his ear. For Adesanya, he had nothing but respect but also promised to return. He knows it will take some work and some convincing of Sana White, but the Kiwi has never been one to shy away from the grind.

In other news, Kamaru Usman made light work of Gilbert Burns, at UFC 258, while Jon Jones is well on his way to becoming a real heavyweight if we believe his training videos.

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