MMA: UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya confirms he will move to light-heavyweight and take on Jan Blachowicz

Israel Adesanya insists that he wants a third fight in 2020 after his UFC 253 masterclass win

UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya confirms he will move to light-heavyweight and take on Jan Blachowicz

UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya confirms he will move to light-heavyweight and take on Jan Blachowicz.

Israel Adesanya has confirmed that he is making the step up to light-heavyweight and is ready to battle it out with Jan Blachowicz for his recently acquired title.

The light-heavyweight champion won the title vacated by Jon Jones when he stopped Dominick Reyes at the end of September during UFC 253.

Adesanya’s coach Eugene Bareman recently revealed they were targeting the Nigerian-born New Zealander becoming a two-weight champion, while UFC chief Dana White said he would move up a weight class to fight Blachowicz – according to ESPN.

Speaking to Submission Radio, the undefeated fighter said:

‘It’s official. I guess Dana broke the news, so yeah, I’m going up to 205, and I’m gonna snatch that 205 strap. Respectfully.’

Adesanya then revealed the major reason why he is targeting a second title at light-heavyweight rather than defending his current belt.

He admitted that after seeing Robert Whittaker beat Jared Cannonier at UFC 254, he wanted to try his hand at another weight having already beaten the number one contender for his current belt in October last year.

Adesanya went onto reveal that he is confident he can overcome Poland’s Blachowicz when they eventually face off.