Israel Adesanya came into Saturday knowing that he could become just the fifth person in the UFC to hold two titles at the same time. Many doubted him, as he was having to take on a fighter that was realistically 20 pounds bigger than him in Jan Blachowicz, the reigning light heavyweight champion of the world. But he proved his mettle, even in defeat to the Polish fighter. Adesanya was strong in the opening three rounds of the bout, but in the closing two, the bigger Blachowicz took the contest to the ground and ultimately grinded his way to a decision victory that saw him defend his title and deny Adesanya the opportunity to reign with two titles at once.
Amanda Nunes is able to continue to boast about that very feat, however, as she was downright dominant in defeating Megan Anderson. She submitted her opponent in the first round to retain the featherweight championship. She is in charge of both the 135 and 145-pound divisions as a result. In the other title fight of the evening, controversy reigned as Aljamain Sterling won the bantamweight title via disqualification over Petr Yan. Yan threw a knee at a grounded Sterling late in the fourth round, making it difficult for Sterling to get up for minutes. Eventually, the referee stepped in to call the bout. And with the kick being very much illegal, UFC rules dictated the title change hands. Sterling wasn’t the happiest about it, taking the belt off after he had it slipped on him, but he is the champion nonetheless due to the illegal maneuver. To make matters worse, Yan was warned by the referee not to throw the knee before he did so, making it all the more blatant and worthy of disqualification.