‘You should see me in the gym… I know I can be beaten’: Israel Adesanya dismisses talk of staying undefeated and insists his perfect UFC record is ‘just a title’ as he plots a move up to light-heavyweight
- Israel Adesanya has brushed off suggestions he could stay undefeated in UFC
- The middleweight champion has a perfect record of 20 straight victories so far
- But the Nigerian-born star insists he sometimes endures tough days in sparring
- He believes he can be beaten but says his undefeated record is ‘just a title’
UFC star Israel Adesanya insists he can be beaten as he played down talk of staying undefeated after 20 straight victories.
The middleweight champion, who is mulling over a move up to light-heavyweight, has an unblemished record with 15 knockouts, leading to suggestions he could reign surpreme for the rest of his career.
But the 31-year-old insists he is not interested in maintaining his 100 per cent success rate and knows he could easily suffer a defeat – revealing he occasionally suffers in sparring.
UFC star Israel Adesanya insists he can be beaten as he brushed off talk of staying undefeated
The middleweight king said he was not concerned about his perfect record as it was ‘just a title’
He stressed, however, that is confident he is ‘a hard man to beat’ on the night and promised that a loss would not change the fighter he is.
‘That’s just one of those things that people try and put on you,’ he told MMA Junkie..
‘I’ve had losses in my past that never really changed who I am, never changed the fact that I’m a great fighter. A lot of the greats have had losses. And every time I’ve had a loss, I always come back and knocked someone out.
‘Being undefeated is just a title. It’s one of those titles that people try to hold up like it’s something. But you should see me in the gym. Some days I get my licks, so I know I can be beat.
The Nigerian-born star admitted he ‘got his licks’ in the gym and could easily suffer a defeat
‘But when it’s under the lights and the pressure is on, on the biggest stage and I’m having fun, I’m a hard man to beat. I’m just gonna ride this out the way I’ve been riding it so far. Stay tuned.’
Last week, reports emerged that the wheels were set in motion for the New Zealand-Nigerian to move up to the 205-pound ranks to take on reigning light-heavy champion Jan Blachowicz.
But Glover Teixeira’s dominant win over Thiago Santos put his chances of challenging for the title in doubt, with UFC president Dana White admitting the Brazilian ‘deserves the shot’.
He is hoping to step up to light-heavyweight in the future and claims he ‘likes doing things that many people would run away from’
But he may have to wait for his shot after Glover Teixeira’s dominant win over Thiago Santos
Adesanya said any move in weight category would be temporary, claiming middleweight was his ‘perfect fighting weight’.
‘Middleweight is my perfect fighting weight,’ he added. ‘It is fun and games in the way that I make it look easy, but it’s work. It’s a challenge. It’s what drives you.
‘I like doing things that many people would run away from. People run away from a fight, while I run toward it.’
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