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Midnight Mania! Darren Till is the only Middleweight Israel Adesanya wants to fight

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Israel Adesanya is making a bold move in jumping to 205-pounds in an attempt to capture a second crown off the head of Jan Blachowicz this weekend (March 6, 2021) at UFC 259 in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, in regards to his standing as Middleweight champion, there is no risk to “Stylebender’s” own belt. His ego might take a blow, but win or lose, Adesanya remains the 185-pound champion and will have to deal with its challengers.

As of yet, Adesanya has been a pretty ideal Middleweight champion, ready to fight the top-ranked contenders with no signs of drama or delay. However, when asked about an eventual return to Middleweight and defense of his current throne, Adesanya revealed to ESPN that only one fighter who motivated him was ... Darren Till?

“To be honest... None of them except Till.” Adesanya said (transcription via “And I just keep saying, I hope he keeps winning so we can have that fight because you know the vibes. I just like that style... If he wants to be that Muay Thai master and he thinks he can stand up with me, be my guest. Ya I like Till, I like the style and I’ll like to fight him but he just gotta win man. He just gotta get his sh*t together and keep winning, Till. Come on, scouser.”

Somewhere, Robert Whittaker just put his fist through a wall.

More immediately, top contenders Kevin Holland and Marvin Vettori responded on Instagram in the comments of the ESPN post. Holland wrote, “For the record me and him are fighting at 205 that’s why #tittiechamp,” whereas Vettori — who has vocally argued that he won his first battle with “Stylebender” for years now — replied with laughing emojis.

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