UFC 253 took place at Fight Island over the weekend with Israel Adesanya defending his Middleweight title and a new Light Heavyweight champion crown in Jan Blachowicz.
Here are our Five Lessons Learned – UFC 253.
1. All Is Fair In Love And War
I think we found out whether the beef between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa was real or not after Izzy defended his UFC Middleweight title at UFC 253.
Adesanya was disrespectful, arrogant and down right obnoxious after the win if you listen to a fair chunk of the MMA community but this just proved just how much the win meant to the champ.
The back and forth between the two previously undefeated fighters had been at boiling point for quite some time and the emotions were evident after the fight.
I bet Adesanya would like his time over to be a little more humble but this is the fight game afterall and things can get spicy at times.
If you compare Izzy’s antics to the inflammatory things that Colby Covington said just a week earlier, it really puts things back into context.
The two are very different.
2. The Light Heavyweight Division Is Wide Open
For the first time since 2011 the UFC has a Light Heavyweight Champion not named Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier after Jan Blachowicz finished Dominick Reyes at UFC 253.
Jon Jones vacated the title and the Polish sensation capitalized on the opportunity with a demolition job on Reyes inside two rounds.
Dominick Reyes went into the fight as the warm favourite after many people had him winning his last title shot against Jones but things did not go to plan.
There has only been 6 male UFC champions from Europe in the modern era. Three of them are currently reigning. Andrei Arlovski, Conor Mcgregor, Michael Bisping, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Petr Yan and now Jan Blachowicz.
3. Diego Sanchez Is No Jorge Masvidal
Diego Sanchez is a veteran of the sport and here is not afraid to try things inside the octagon that’s for certain.
We all had to laugh when he attempted a Jorge Masvidal flying knee however.
Aussie Jake Matthews easily avoided the devastating knee on his way to a unanimous decision.
Diego Sanchez can now look froward to a blockbuster match up with Conor McGregor.
Or maybe not.
4. Izzy Should Move Up To Light Heavyweight
What more is there to prove in the Middleweight division for Israel Adesanya?
His record moved to 20-0 in mixed martial arts and his biggest challengers have all fallen by the wayside.
The Middleweight champion of the world has seemingly all but lined up his next fight with Jared Cannonier despite a very tough fight with former champ Robert Whittaker in the coming weeks.
But there is a lot of interesting fights available for Adesanya if he decides to move up in weight.
A match up with Jon Jones is probably the most tantalizing but becoming joining a rare club of holding two belts simultaneously must be enticing and he could fight Jan Blachowicz for that achievement.
Coach Eugene Bareman has even mentioned a possible match up with Stipe Miocic over the past 12 months!
5. Conor McGregor and Dana White’s Love Affair Is Over
Conor McGregor and Dana White’s relationship is no different to any other.
They have had some beautiful moments together, shared many experiences and worked with each for mutual benefit.
But with the good comes the bad and their latest tiff about sharing private messages on social media may be the best fight of all.
Conor McGregor may or may not be boxing again, this time against the Philipino legend Manny Pacquiao, and things are getting heated between the sports biggest star and it’s president.