Dana White Wants Israel Adesanya To Stick With Middleweight Following UFC 259 Loss
UFC President Dana White would like to see Israel Adesanya stay put at middleweight.
Adesanya is the reigning UFC Middleweight Champion. He was vying for “Champ-Champ” status this past Saturday night, March 6. In the main event of UFC 259, Adesanya challenged Jan Blachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Adesanya struggled with Blachowicz’s wrestling, particularly in the championship rounds. Blachowicz’s ability to keep “The Last Stylebender” grounded ultimately earned him the unanimous decision victory. It’s the first loss of Adesanya’s pro MMA career.
After the fight, Adesanya told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan that he’ll eventually make his way back to light heavyweight.
“You’ll see me back at 205 [pounds] later in the future. Right now, I’ve got a division I’ve got to dominate. I know what they’re thinking, ‘Oh, that’s it, you’ve just got to take him down and then you’ve got him.’ All right, cool, bet, but I’ll remind them again why I’m the king of 185.”
Speaking to reporters during the UFC 259 post-fight press conference, White said he wants to see Adesanya stick with 185 pounds (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“Jon Jones used to be at that weight class. Jon’s going to be so much bigger than Israel. I think Israel should focus on middleweight right now. Get back, keep doing what he does in the middleweight division.”
The UFC boss also discussed just how difficult it is to obtain “Champ-Champ” status.
“The double-champ thing, it’s the thing to do right now, but it isn’t easy to do. The people who have done it are absolutely, positively special.”