Following on from his UFC 259 Light Heavyweight title challenge against Jan Blachowicz, the Last Stylebender will return to the UFCs 185 pound division with a probable clash against Darren Till now on the cards.
After an extensive background in numerous combat sports, that spanned from boxing to kick-boxing, Adesanya would soon set the MMA world alight and after impressing at local promotions in and around Australia, Adesanya would make the big jump to the UFC in 2017 and continue to highlight his second-to-none offence.
After gaining a victory and the respect of Octagon great Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 234, Adesanya would go onto win the Middleweight crown after defeating reigning champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 243.
Adesanya’s began his dominance over the Middleweight division, taking his record to an undefeated 20-0 after knocking out undefeated Brazilian fighter Paulo Costa at UFC 253 in September 2020, setting up a potential showdown with newly crowned Light Heavyweight Champion, Jan Blachowicz, in the future.
Adesanya would agree to move up to the Light Heavyweight division to challenge Blachowicz for the belt and would look to follow an elite few fighters who have held two title belts.
After a slightly stagnated performance from Adesanya from which he wasn’t able to breakdown Blachowicz’s impactful defence, the judges surprisingly scored the fight 49-46, 49-45 and 49-45 which ensured a decisive win for the defending champion Blachowicz.
THE LEGEND GROWS!
— UFC (@ufc) March 7, 2021
The scores left the UFC President, Dana White, in a fit of rage in his post-fight press conference slamming the judges decision to score the fight as an almost one-sided beatdown after what was a relatively tightly contested affair.
Exhausted after the bout, Adesanya expressed his emotions about the chance to fight at Light Heavyweight to UFC commentator Joe Rogan and claimed that this fight is merely a “one-off” at Light Heavyweight and now plans to return back down to the 185 pound Middleweight division:
"I'm the one putting it on the line."
— UFC (@ufc) March 7, 2021
The Last Stylebender remains confident in his ability to reign supreme over the UFC and while there isn’t likely to be a potential dream grudge bout against former Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones down the line, Adesanya hopes to regain his composure and grit back at the 185 weight limit.
Adesanya is still the Middleweight champion and it is likely his first title defence will be a rematch against number one ranked Middleweight Robert Whittaker who Adesanya defeated for the title at the aforementioned UFC 243 pay-per view.
The division also features Liverpool fighter Darren Till ranked at 4th with the Gorilla gearing up for a must watch encounter against Italian fighter Marvin Vettori at fight night Vegas on the tenth of April.
Vettori himself has become a likely contender for the Middleweight Championship following his fight of the year contender showdown against Jack Hermansson back in December that Vettori edged via unanimous decision.
While Till may not be next in line just yet for a title fight against Isreal Adesanya, should he beat the talented Italian fighter at the UFC Apex, Till will most likely move into the top three rankings potentially setting up a future showdown against Jared Cannonier or Paulo Costa.
Whittaker also remains a likely bout for the Liverpudlian fighter after Whittaker famously defeated Till in the main event of a UFC Fight Night event back in July. Should Till defy the odds, a date with Adesanya and the Middleweight championship is predicted to be on the cards.
Fans would love to see the build to this climactic showdown with both Till and Adesanya becoming phenomenon names in the UFC with their sublime mic skill and social media skills, as well their magnificent offence that has earned both fighters numerous performance of the night bonuses.
This potential fight may still be quite a while away, but with Adesanya confirming that he will return to the Middleweight division, fans will be clamouring for this showdown and with the UFCs Middleweight title on the line, it makes this a must-watch for any fan of the sport.