Two title fights led to two impressive performances at UFC 253 on Saturday night.
With Costa's lead leg badly bruised, Adesanya dropped the hulking challenger with a left hook, then finished him with ground-and-pound with 1 minute, 1 second left in Round 2. It was a convincing victory for Adesanya (20-0), whose previous defense, against Yoel Romero, was considered by many to be a snoozer.
Blachowicz worked over the ribs of Reyes in the first two rounds, then captured the belt by flooring Reyes with a left and following up with several more punches. The fight was stopped with just 24 seconds left in the second round.
Here were the reactions from UFC fighters on Twitter:
A master class from the middleweight KING ?! 👀#UFC253— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) September 27, 2020
I still want to see Izzy vs Bones— "Young Superstar" (@Benaskren) September 27, 2020
Wow! Not even close man! What a performance from Adesanya! This man will be champ for a LONG time, as long as Father Time allows it! #UFC253— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) September 27, 2020
Made it look easy. Amazing @stylebender— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) September 27, 2020
Perfect game plan by Israel— Randa Markos (@randamma) September 27, 2020
Adesanya proved a lot of people wrong with a performance like that. He's a beast! #UFC253— TJ Laramie (@laramietj) September 27, 2020
Goodnight by Stylebender #UFC253— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) September 27, 2020
Blachowicz wowed many in the co-main event, including Dwayne Johnson.
Blachowicz called out Jon Jones, the former light heavyweight champ who is moving up to heavyweight.
Booo— BONY (@JonnyBones) September 27, 2020
Jan enjoy my friend, congratulations 🇵🇱— BONY (@JonnyBones) September 27, 2020
Freaking Polish power! Did what Jon Jones couldn't wow 🤩 congrats! @JanBlachowicz— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) September 27, 2020
Congratulations @JanBlachowicz...enjoy that bay, my friend.— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) September 27, 2020
Woooww that polish power came through #UFC253— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) September 27, 2020
Poland here is your new King! Jan Blachowicz! UFC Champion!! #UFC253— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) September 27, 2020
Told ya guys polish power is real— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) September 27, 2020
Beast! Congrats Poland— Randa Markos (@randamma) September 27, 2020