Israel Adesanya Isn’t Concerned With Staying Undefeated In MMA
Israel Adesanya has no concern about remaining unbeaten in his pro MMA career.
Adesanya is riding the hot hand. He is the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion. His pro MMA record stands at 20-0 with 15 knockouts along the way. UFC President Dana White has said that he’s prepared to give Adesanya a UFC Light Heavyweight Title shot against champion Jan Blachowicz. If White sticks with that plan, then Adesanya would be going for “champ-champ” status.
Adesanya spoke to MMAJunkie.com and explained why staying undefeated in MMA isn’t his top priority.
“That’s just one of those things that people try and put on you. I’ve had losses in my past that never really changed who I am, never changed the fact that I’m a great fighter. A lot of the greats have had losses. And every time I’ve had a loss, I always come back and knocked someone out. Being undefeated is just a title. It’s one of those titles that people try to hold up like it’s something. But you should see me in the gym. Some days I get my licks, so I know I can be beat.
“But, when it’s under the lights, and the pressure is on, on the biggest stage, and I’m having fun, I’m a hard man to beat. I’m just gonna ride this out the way I’ve been riding it so far. Stay tuned.”
Adesanya is fresh off a stellar performance against Paulo Costa, who was previously unbeaten. “The Last Stylebender” defeated “Borrachinha” via second-round TKO. It was Adesanya’s second successful UFC Middleweight Title defense.