Fighters have been known to drop down a weight class, after running into difficulties while facing larger foes. But, Israel Adesanya has emphatically shot this down as a possibility for “The Last Stylebender”.
The vaunted striker is set to face another man who’s not too shabby in the striking range, Brad Tavares, at the TUF 27 Finale on Friday night. The scrap will serve as the card’s headlner. Adesanya has been tapped for the high profile opportunity, after going 2-0 to date in the UFC, which moved his MMA record to 13-0.
Well, recently the Nigerian-born New Zealander spoke with MMA Fighting, and in particular, he discussed weight cutting. While criticizing fighters who miss weight, and specifically Yoel Romero for coming in heavy for his rematch with Robert Whittaker, Adesanya said this:
“I’ve had two UFC fights now and both times I’ve been underweight. I’m not even trying to be underweight I just keep sweating every time I come out of the bathtub. Honestly, it’s easy for me. I’m not trying to be one of those guys that’s bigger than everyone else in the weight class. People ask me, ‘Why don’t you go to welterweight?’ F*ck that, I’d have to lose my nuts to get down there.”
Here is further evidence as to why, in addition to his abilities in the cage, Adesanya has some serious hype behind him. The accomplished kickboxer has a habit of making headline worthy statements.
Adesanya also had this to say about the possibility of fighting Darren Till down the road. As, the latter is a massive welterweight, who came in heavy for his bout with Stephen Thompson, prompting speculation he’ll be at 185 sooner or later.
“It’s funny because [Till] only commented on something on my Instagram not so long ago and I said, ‘You’re not going to be a welterweight for much longer’. It was only a few weeks later than he came in heavy for the Thompson fight and looked what happened there.
“I’d love to test myself against him, I think that’s a really good fight for further down the line. I want to pass that test.”
Yup. That’s a match-up a lot of folks would love to see. First things first, however, and that’s getting by the always tough, Tavares.
The TU 27 Finale will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.