Israel Adesanya plans to become a “dual champion” by 2021 as he pursues the UFC light heavyweight belt. But that doesn’t mean he’s giving up his midsize legacy.
“All I know is that f ** king 2021, the light weight is mine,” Adesanya told MMA Fighting. “I will take the belt just to double the championship like some other boxers have. [Conor] McGregor, DC (Daniel Cormier), I love the look of two gold belts on the shoulders. I did that with the temporary belt and the undisputed uniform belt when I was the temporary double champion.
“But just to flex with that 205 belt, and I didn̵7;t even need to do much to do it. I just kept my framework. I don’t need to have muscle like these guys are doing, like Jon [Jones] doing. They are making serious mistakes. It will come back and bite them when it’s time ”.
After sending Paulo Costa to dominate the UFC 253, “The Last Stylebender” hinted at a potential move in light weight after the new lightweight champion was crowned at the event with the end of the round. two by Jan Blachowicz before Dominick Reyes.
Adesanya has previously made it clear that he wants to remove his current department before moving on to another department. But one of his challengers at 185 pounds was eliminated when former mid-range champion Robert Whittaker knocked out Jared Cannonier a few weeks after a win over Costa. The prospect of a rematch is a little less interesting for the champion, who claimed the undisputed title with a defeat of Whittaker almost exactly a year ago.
Last weekend, Adesanya confirmed that Adesanya would switch to light weight to challenge Blachowicz in the next match. UFC President Dana White announced the news, adding that Whittaker was not interested in the rematch with Adesanya, which made the promotion department’s decision to book the match with Blachowicz much easier.
But despite his desire to add a second championship to his profile, Adesanya promised that he wouldn’t finish in the middle.
“No, the midsize class is mine,” he said. “Midsize is my perfect weight class. So when I do 205, I will only keep that division once during that time. I will protect my belt when the time comes. “
Currently, the chances of Adesanya getting a second title are a bit more enticing as he seeks to become one of the few boxers who can simultaneously hold the championship in two different divisions.
Nothing is certain about how he will secure both belts. For his part, Adesanya has learned to tune in to the flow when it comes to his UFC career, where he has shot up into a superstar after debuting less than three years ago.
“That’s all,” Adesanya said about becoming the champion of two tournaments. “I handle things when they come. I plan for the future, but at the same time, there are too many variables in this game. You settle things when they come. “