sport news UFC 259: Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz keys to victory

Israel Adesanya's eyes must have lit up when Jan Blachowicz snatched the vacant light-heavyweight title last year. 

'Stylebender' has almost cleaned out the middleweight division and is looking for legacy fights, ones that excite him and present real risks. 

Make no mistake, even though he's favourite with the bookies, this is a risk. But it also presents a great opportunity. 

Jan Blachowicz will have his first title defence at light-heavyweight against Israel Adesanya

Adesanya demolished Paulo Costa at UFC 253 and is moving up in weight

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Jan Blachowicz (left) has the power and size advantage over Israel Adesanya (right) 

The middleweight champion is one of the most talented strikers in all of MMA

The middleweight champion is one of the most talented strikers in all of MMA 

Blachowicz is a fallible champion and looking for major paydays at the top while he can. He has a solid all-round game but when all is said and done, is unlikely to go down in the history books as a great.

Adesanya is the superior all-round fighter but size and power in MMA count for so much, which makes UFC 259's showpiece so fascinating. 

The Nigerian-born Kiwi has already admitted that he will probably weigh in at middleweight, even going through some of the cutting process to prime his body for a fight. 

He told ESPN: 'I’m going to keep the same energy during my fight week. I’m not going to go crazy and order Uber Eats and cakes and whatever, I’m just going to keep the same energy.

Blachowicz has beaten the likes of Luke Rockhold (left) and can end the fight at any moment

Blachowicz has beaten the likes of Luke Rockhold (left) and can end the fight at any moment

'Kai’s (team-mate Kara France) hopping in the sauna, in the bath, so I’m going to do the same thing that I always do [at middleweight], mainly just for my routine, my mind.

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'It’s not a superstition thing. My body knows it’s Fight Week already, so it’s going to start dropping weight because this what my body does. My body just realizing this what we’re doing. So I’m just going to keep the same energy.'

Blachowicz tipped the scales at 102-pounds for his last fight so the difference here will be stark. 

In simplistic terms, the more nimble, agile fighter, will have to get on his bike and pick his shots against an opponent with way more power. 

Adesanya knows this and said as much, admitting: '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. 

'Like if I fought like a guy that was 300 pounds, I could probably still beat him, but there is a problem if he grabs me and just decides to pin on me. 

'I can't bench press 300 kgs, so that would be a problem for me, so, yeah, I'll be

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