As per NSAC chief assistant Jeff Mullen, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya weighed in at 200.5 pounds rather than the announced 201.5 pounds. The confusion regarding the weight was part in due to the official who announced it as “200 and one and a half pounds.” Israel Adesanya is set to take on current light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz in the main event of UFC 259.
According to journalist Chisanga Malata, Adesanya actually weighed in at 200.5 pounds. It was the initial calling that led to the wrong information.
CORRECTION: Per NSAC chief assistant Jeff Mullen, Adesanya actually weighed 200.5.
The initially calling of the weight confused many others, myself included.
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) March 5, 2021
Should Adesanya triumph over the Polish Power, he will become only the fifth fighter in UFC’s history to hold championship belts across two-division simultaneously. Adesanya stepped on the scale with a pizza box in his hand. While he did look comfortable going into the fight at 200.5 pounds, it should be noted that Adesanya is underweight heading against someone as strong and powerful as Jan Blachowicz.
200.5 on the scale ⚖️
— UFC (@ufc) March 5, 2021
The mistake has been rectified and Israel Adesanya will go into the fight five pounds underweight against a knockout artist like Jan Blachowicz. Additionally, till the night of the fight, it will be interesting to see how the weight difference when both fighters step inside the Octagon.
How much will being underweight affect Israel Adesanya?
Israel Adesanya is jumping weight and switching to a new weight class to challenge the newly crowned champion Jan Blachowicz for the undisputed light-heavyweight championship. It is a tough challenge for the Stylebender who will look to further cement his position as arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
While being underweight causes huge problems for Adesanya, it actually benefits his strengths that he relies on to win the fight. Adesanya has always been called the skinny guy. However, with knockout wins over the like of Paulo Costa and Robert Whittaker, Adesanya has proved that often it’s not power but timing and precision.
Israel Adesanya will look to rely on the same skills as he takes on someone as dangerous as Jan Blachowicz. Adesanya is a counter-puncher and will likely maintain his distance from Blachowicz who is known to throw heavy shots.
It’s a tough bargain for Adesanya to go inside the Octagon underweight. However, anything is possible in the world of MMA and only time will tell what lies ahead for both the fighters.