Israel Adesanya will fight at light heavyweight again according to his coach.
At UFC 259, Adesanya was looking to become the latest champ-champ as he took on the reigning light heavyweight champion in Blachowicz. It was a very intriguing matchup and many thought “The Last Stylebender” would use his striking to win the fight. However, Blachowicz used timely takedowns to secure the fight.
Although the loss is disappointing, Adesanya’s head coach, Eugene Bareman, says they will hunt for the rematch against Blachowicz.
“We’re competitive, Israel’s ultra-competitive,” Bareman said to Submission Radio. “Israel will go down and clean up and dominate 185 for a while. And then I do see Jan as being quite a long-reigning champion. I think we’ll definitely chase Jan again. He’s a worthy opponent and he’s beaten us and he’s a worthy opponent. I can’t exactly predict the future, but we will definitely come hunting for the Polish power again.”
In the fight, Adesanya did have success but it appeared the size was the difference. However, for Bareman, he says they will make no excuses and they will accept the loss and improve next time out.
“No excuses. I think the training camp went well, and the lead-up to the fight-in-fight week was brilliant. Nah, I don’t. There’s no excuses here. This is the thing, man, when you lose, it doesn’t happen in this sport nowadays, but sometimes you just lose and you just have to take it,” Bareman said. “And we are as a team internalizing it, and we’re being humble about it and taking it like a loss, like you should do. It doesn’t happen enough in this sport. People kind of refuse to accept a loss, but we’re accepting it we’re looking to take what we can out of it.”
After the loss to Blachowicz, Israel Adesanya will go back down and defend his middleweight title. It’s uncertain who his next fight will be against.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime