Israel Adesanya is aware of higher than most how tough it’s to maneuver up a division for a gathering with Jan Blachowicz.
In March 2021, Adesanya briefly left the 185-pound division he had conquered to make a transfer to mild heavyweight to problem the Pole, who was then the titleholder at 205-pounds. At that time of their respective careers, Adesanya was an unbeaten, 20-0 fighter whereas Blachowicz had six months prior claimed the sunshine heavyweight title vacated by Jon Jones with a second-round end of Dominick Reyes.
However regardless of Adesanya being the bookmakers’ choose to triumph on that eerily quiet evening contained in the UFC Apex facility exterior Las Vegas, it was Blachowicz who claimed a clear-cut unanimous resolution win, using a method which noticed him take the Adesanya to the canvas on a number of events and showcase his oppressive high management.
And talking on his YouTube channel this week, Adesanya thinks that Blachowicz can do the identical to Alex Pereira when the 2 former world champions battle in what’s the Brazilian’s UFC mild heavyweight debut on July 29 in Salt Lake Metropolis.
“I believe Jan is gonna take him down and simply beat him up there,” Adesanya mentioned, as famous by MMA Junkie. “Jan will stand with him for a bit however finally simply get him to the fence or attempt to take him down the best way he took me down. I don’t suppose he’s gonna shoot, so he’s both gonna get him to the fence.
“It wasn’t irritating on the time as a result of I used to be nonetheless catching him typically, but additionally it’s respect,” Adesanya added of his battle with Blachowicz. “I believed he was gonna come and battle the best way he usually fights, however he did that on the proper instances and took me down. So, yeah, he may get caught coming in. It relies upon. What if he will get him down and retains him down? I don’t know, we’ll must see.”
UFC 291 is predicted to be headlined by a light-weight rematch between Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier.