Israel Adesanya is already a UFC middleweight champion, but he’ll have a shot at becoming a two division champion in 2021 when he faces UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.
One thing Adesanya believes is that winning a second championship will add to his legacy.
“Definitely catching that belt will add to my legacy,” Adesanya told MMA Junkie Radio. “Jumping up in weight, that will add to my legacy. I could just stay at middleweight and clean everyone up. But I’ve done it in boxing, I’ve done it in kickboxing, so I’m going to do it in MMA. That’s my next fight. It’s almost three years in the company and look what I’ve done. Now I’m about to move up in weight and grab another one.”
Adesanya’s legacy currently includes the UFC middleweight title, a 20-0 record in the UFC and a 100 wins in his combat sports career. The fighter says he’ll still be competing at middleweight, even if he becomes the light heavyweight champion.
“I’m going to come back down,” Adesanya said. “185 is easy for me to make. I make 185 like it’s nothing. I’m even under weight at most of my weigh-ins, so it’s not like it’s a struggle for me to make 185. That’s my fighting weight. 205 is just fun and games. It’s work. It’s a challenge. It’s what livens me. I like doing things that many people would run away from.”