Jan Blachowicz thinks Israel Adesanya is making a mistake by moving up to light heavyweight, but the Pole is happy to teach the reigning UFC middleweight champion a lesson and send him packing back to middleweight with his tail in between his legs.
Blachowicz doesn’t have any bad things to say about Adesanya but the newly-crowned UFC light heavyweight champ thinks ‘The Last Stylebender’ rushing into a title shot without first accustoming himself to the weight class is going to be a big problem.
Blachowicz, who recently KO’d Dominick Reyes to capture the vacant light heavyweight title, sent a stern warning to Adesanya ahead of their proposed super fight.
“He never lost a fight in MMA so if they make this fight, I will be the first to beat him and he will remember it for the rest of his life. It will be amazing. Small bonus for me,” Blachowicz told MMA Fighting in a recent interview.
“All my life I’m in this category so I know everything about this category. Everything is different,” he added. “Cardio is different. Timing is different. Speed is different. You can train with heavyweight guys, you can train with 205 guys but this is training. A fight is completely different. When guys change their category, they’ve got problems with that, problems with everything. Not everyone can be ready for that. We will see.”
“Maybe Adesanya will be ready for that but I don’t think so. If he wants to make his first fight at 205, with the champion, it’s going to be a problem for him. I think it would better for him, safer for him if he makes first fight with someone from the contenders, not in the top of the rankings but someone from behind. That’s going to be a problem for him, not for me. If he wants to feel the legendary Polish power, I’m going to be ready for his pretty style.”
The matchup still hasn’t been confirmed, however, and UFC president Dana White recently hinted that Glover Teixeira could get the next title shot over Adesanya.
If that’s the case, Blachowicz is more than happy to sign on the dotted line and defend his title against Teixeira.
“It’s good. Because I don’t like when my life is boring,” he said. “I like when something happens all the time. Now I’ve got two opponents. I can fight both of them in one night, no problem. I do this before. I did three fights in one night. I’m joking. They are good fighters, it would be hard to make this happen. I don’t like to choose my opponents.
“We’ll see what the UFC [says], if they tell me you’re next fight is going to be Glover, I will sign that no problem. If they tell me your next opponent is Adesanya, I will sign that also. I don’t like to choose. If they want to give me Glover, no problem. If they want to give me Adesanya, no problem.”
Expect an official fight announcement in the coming weeks.