At the UFC on ESPN+ 39 post-fight files convention Saturday, the UFC president stated Adesanya (20-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) will fling to 205 kilos to fight Blachowicz (26-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC), the gentle heavyweight champion.
White attributed his willingness to e book a fight between two of his champions to the mature UFC middleweight champion Whittaker’s latest lack of ardour in rematching Adesanya.
“Listen, when the fight used to be over on ‘Fight Island,’ the last fight (at UFC 254), I was admire, ‘I’m going to maintain to sit down down with this kid (Adesanya) and convince him on why he needs to fight Whittaker,’” White stated. “Whittaker comes out and says he doesn’t must fight him – craziest (expletive) I’ve ever considered. Yeah, there’s no arguing with Israel now. I believed Whittaker deserved the shot and Whittaker doesn’t need it, so yeah, we’ll let him enact it.”
White didn’t repeat a timeline or living for the matchup.
Adesanya, 31, knocked out Whittaker to assemble the undisputed middleweight title in October 2019. At UFC 248 in March, Adesanya defeated Yoel Romero by unanimous decision. At UFC 253 in September, Adesanya efficiently defended his strap for the 2nd time when he done Paulo Costa with strikes.
Blachowicz, 37, earned the then-vacant gentle heavyweight championship at UFC 253 when he done Dominick Reyes with strikes in Round 2. The victory used to be Blachowicz’s fourth grab in as many fights and his third cease in that stretch.
UFC on ESPN+ 39 took situation Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streamed on ESPN+.