Israel Adesanya, the UFC middleweight champion is ready to fight light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz in the first quarter of 2021. Blachowicz has clarified that he won’t contend before March. Adesanya’s coach Eugene Bareman believes that fight can be scheduled in February.
Adesanya, who fought in September under the same card as Blachowicz, is known to make generally snappy turnarounds and doesn’t have any desire to stand by excessively long. He is always one looking for a challenge and this might be it.
We want the Jan fight as early as we can: Eugene
Eugene Bareman, Izzy’s coach is anticipating the test of his star fighter endeavoring to vanquish another division such as the light heavyweight division
“Look, there’s obviously a pay-per-view in March,” Bareman told Submission Radio. “We want the Jan fight as early as we can. He keeps harping on about March, so at the moment we don’t know which way it’s gonna swing. It’s still in the works.
“(We want) the earliest date in February or anytime in February, given that Israel won’t be back till the end of the December. Because he gets into the country on the 11th of December, but then he’s gotta do a two-week quarantine in a hotel. So, you can add another two weeks to that. You’re basically getting out on Christmas day. So, given he’ll already be super fit because he’s doing a lot of training over there, yeah, February.”
What does Izzy’s coach think of Jan Blachowciz?
Blachowicz’s skillset have been on full presentation, utilizing his Polish power to dispatch of three of his previous four rivals, most as of late Dominick Reyes at UFC 253 to win the title.
Adesanya (9-0 UFC), 31, has a knockout intensity of his own, however, doesn’t slice an excessive amount of weight to make the 185-pound limit and is extended to be at a critical size weakness when he faces Blachowicz (10-5 UFC). In spite of the weight error, undefeated Adesanya is sure that his abilities will interpret well at 205 pounds.
Blachowicz who is 37, at one point he had lost four of five bouts, has been disparaged all through his profession, however, Eugene Bareman anticipates that cynics should sneak in on Adesanya’s side as well.
“What excites me is just the challenge of a great fighter like Jan,” Bareman said. “The challenge of going up a weight division. Just the whole challenge of trying to take on a task like that, another monumental task that I’m sure there are gonna be a lot of people that are gonna stack the chips against us.
But it’s very motivating when you get a challenge like that. It’s very easy to pick myself up and pick my fighter up and pick my team up, because of the enormity and the challenge. Jan’s an absolute monster, but this is what we do: We slay monsters. That’s what we do for a living. That’s what excites me.”
He continued, “(Blachowicz is) the type guy that when you’re watching him fight from a distance, either from 50 meters away or 100 meters away in a stadium or through a television screen, he doesn’t give you a true indication of how good he is. In fact, it probably paints a really unrealistic picture of how good he is.
I believe when you get in there with him is when you understand just how explosive he is and how also a little bit awkward he is. Because that’s the key reason he’s able to give a lot of these guys a lot of trouble, and you don’t truly understand that until you get in there. And I think it’s very easy to watch him and underestimate him.”