Daniel Cormier Thinks Israel Adesanya Poses A Threat To All UFC Heavyweights Except One
Daniel Cormier believes Israel Adesanya would be a problem for all UFC heavyweights with the exception of one.
Adesanya is the UFC Middleweight Champion but he hasn’t been shy in expressing his desire to fight at light heavyweight and heavyweight. Adesanya’s coach, Eugene Bareman, has been clamoring for his fighter to meet current UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic.
Cormier doesn’t believe it’s far-fetched for Adesanya to have success at heavyweight. In fact, “DC” went as far as to say that only Francis Ngannou can avoid the threat of Adesanya’s striking when speaking to Helen Yee (via BJPenn.com).
“If [Miocic] has to stand with him, from heavyweight down to 185 [pounds], it’s a problem, because he’s that good in that one particular skill: the striking. He’s that good in striking [in kickboxing], and now he’s doing it in four-ounce [MMA] gloves. He’s a dangerous guy. He’s a dangerous guy for everybody—maybe not Francis. Maybe not Francis, because Francis is knocking people’s heads off. Maybe not Francis, but all the rest of the heavyweights got their hands full with Adesanya.”
Adesanya is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Paulo Costa. It was “The Last Stylebender’s” second successful UFC Middleweight Title defense. UFC President Dana White has revealed plans to have Jared Cannonier get the next 185-pound title shot if he can get past Robert Whittaker.
As for the heavyweight title picture, nothing is set in stone. While White has said Ngannou is due for a rematch against Miocic, the UFC boss has also changed his tune on Jon Jones potentially skipping the line for a heavyweight title opportunity after vacating the 205-pound gold.