Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is hoping to face current 205-pound kingpin Jan Blachowicz at some point in March. And even though Blachowicz will be bringing the “Polish Power,” Adesanya is secretly hoping his opponent will shoot for a takedown.
Where a new bag of tricks awaits.
“I hope they start shooting on me more because I want to choke somebody out,” Adesanya told MMA Fighting. “I mean people were shooting on me at the beginning of my UFC career, and then they realized, ‘We can’t be doing that, fuck it let’s strike, oh we can’t do that [either].’ They should go back to shooting on me again, cause I’ve got some tricks that I want to use.”
Adesanya has yet to score a submission in 20 MMA fights.
Probably because “The Last Stylebender” has registered 15 knockouts instead, which probably doesn't come as a surprise to those fans who followed his successful kickboxing career. But shrugging off takedowns from the likes of Rob Wilkinson and Brad Tavares may not have prepared him for a bigger, stronger grappler like this guy.