The two champions collide in the main event of UFC 259.
Israel Adesanya’s move to uncharted territory is just a day away. ‘The Last Stylebender’ will be making his light-heavyweight debut in a title fight against the current light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. The Nigerian-born New Zealander will be looking forward to becoming a two division champion and ‘shocking the world’.
Speaking in an interview with Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman of ESPN, Adesanya revealed that he was still not completely in the Conor McGregor territory when asked by Stephen A. Smith if people can start viewing him as the next ‘face of the fight game’. He also claimed how having muscles and looking huge will never help someone win the fight – adding that ‘muscles and movie star looks’ were only for the casuals and not for the purists.
‘It’s not big muscles and these movie star looks that are gonna win the fights‘
Adesanya was quoted as saying, “I feel like I’m kind of there, but not really where I need to be. I’m not where I need to be you know. So that’s why I keep taking on these great challenges, so I can like shock the world again and again. The last time I told you guys I’m gonna show the casuals that it’s not big muscles and these movie star looks that are gonna win the fights, because the casuals are going, oh my god this muscly guy got beat by the skinny boy, and I did that in my last fight.” (h/t LowBro-Sports)
He continued; speaking about his upcoming fight with Jan, he said, “Now this fight is for the purists, this fight is for those people who know the vibe and who know that this Viking I’m about to face is a marauder. He’s a guy that’s gonna come forward with his style effectively. And, he’s actually a bigger guy than my last opponent as well and he knows how to use his size. So, this is for the purists, when we talk about like David and Goliath.” (h/t LowBro-Sports)
Adesanya is coming off a demolishing victory against Paulo Costa at UFC 253, the same night Jan Blachowicz beat Dominick Reyes to claim the light-heavyweight title.
Who do you think will emerge victorious?