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Sports News of Friday, 5 March 2021


I want to be the greatest UFC fighter in history - Adesanya

Nigeria's Israel Adesanya is working towards becoming one of the greatest products from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as he prepares to take on Poland’s Jan Blachowicz on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

Adesanya, who is ranked as the No. 4 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, has had two successful title defenses. The Nigerian-born New Zealander has been the UFC middleweight champion since October 2019, fighting 20, losing none.

On Saturday, Adesanya will try to become just the fifth fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two different weight classes concurrently, Complete Sports reports.

However, in an interview with ESPN, Adasanya stated that he’s determined to working towards becoming the greatest fighter in history.

“If I fought a guy that was 300 pounds, I could probably still beat him,” Adesanya said, adding that Blachowicz won’t be heavy enough for the result to be altered. “But there’s a problem if he grabs me and decides to pin on me.”

“When it’s all said and done, they’ll say that guy Issy, he’s the one. He’s the G.O.A.T.,” he said in the build-up to Saturday’s fight.

“I am the canvas,” Adesanya said. “I have a lot of artists that put a lot of work into me. I have to consider their feelings as well. When Eugene pitched the idea to me, I was like, ‘Hmm, you make sense.’

“Listen to my coaches, listen to my team and listen to the money. That’s the appeal to me.”

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