‘I Got Touched With the Polish Power’- Israel Adesanya Says He Will Move Upto Light Heavyweight Again

Published 08/10/2021, 1:52 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: Israel Adesanya of New Zealand stands in his corner prior to his middleweight bout against Anderson Silva of Brazil during the UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10, 2019 in the Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, is one of the most popular superstars in the entire roster. He last defeated Marvin Vettori at UFC 263 to defend his middleweight title for the third time. However, Adesanya was handed his first loss at UFC 259 in his light-heavyweight debut in MMA.

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Recently, in an interview with Mike Hosking, ‘Stylebender’ said that loss didn’t mean too much to him. He also promised to move up in weight again if the opportunity arose. “No. No, hell no,” he said when asked if he was done competing at the 205 lbs division. “Definitely. Yeah,” was his response to questions of if he will move up again.

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I have many times I did it in kickboxing and boxing and I will do in MMA. Just that fight. I fought a guy who respected me, who respected my game even as a middleweight, and he admitted it. But he played the game quite safe and laid around he knew I even said I hit a lot harder than people think,” Adesanya added.

As a light heavyweight, who everyone say man the Polish power when you when he gets touched. I got touched with the Polish power. You know what, um, yeah. So for me after that fight, you know, people were quite surprised at how I handle they thought like, oh, when I take it when I get beaten, I’m just going to crawl into a hole and never come back. But I was like, bro, this is life. I lost many times away from the bright lights. So this is nothing different. The bright lights are on. I lose and instantly I take it like a man, just like I do when I win,” he concluded.

Who will Israel Adesanya fight next?

Well, there has been no official word on Israel Adesanya’s next fight as yet. However, he is expected to fight the former champion, Robert Whittaker, next.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya makes his way to the Octagon for the Middleweight title bout during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Adesanya knocked out Whittaker at UFC 243 to become the middleweight champion. Subsequently, ‘The Reaper’, who has earned 3 wins against the division’s top contenders (Cannonier, Till, and Gastelum), has certainly worked his way back to the top.

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The potential date remains unclear, but whenever it does come to life, expect it to be a barn burner.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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