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Israel Adesanya is not going through some major physical transformation as he jumps to light heavyweight in an attempt to claim a second UFC title.
Adesanya (20-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC), the reigning UFC middleweight champion, moves up to 205 pounds next month to challenge Jan Blachowicz (27-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) in the main event of UFC 259 on March 6 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Although the 20-pound jump from middleweight to light heavyweight is the widest of any two UFC divisions, it appears Adesanya is sticking true to the philosophy that putting on a bunch of new weight in a short time isn’t going to sway the result one way or another.
Less than a month out, Adesanya shared a shirtless image of himself flexing in a preview of his physique (via Instagram):

A post shared by Israel Adesanya (@stylebender)

#UFC 259 is stacked…and so am I 🥞🥞🥞
According to Adesanya’s head coach, Eugene Bareman of City Kickboxing, there’s a method to the madness when it comes to this approach. He explained in a recent interview with 1News that both he and Adesanya agree there’s a happy medium between using the additional 20-pound cushion to add muscle and mass as opposed to enhancing a likely speed advantage over Blachowicz.
“We’re not putting on weight — the science of putting on weight and moving up in weight isn’t going to be a factor in this fight because we’ve decided to come in at our normal, walk-around weight,” Bareman said. “We’re hoping it gives us the advantages we need to win the fight rather than stack on muscle. I don’t think, with any amount of time or any amount of weight that Israel could put on, I don’t think he’s ever going to be stronger than Jan, so we’ve decided: Let’s try not to get stronger than Jan, let’s use that time to better-suited endeavors.”
As Blachowicz has proven multiple times in recent years, his “legendary Polish power” is no joke. He used it to claim the vacant title in an upset of Dominick Reyes at UFC 253 in October, and he’s promised to land on Adesanya and hand him his first career loss.
Is Adesanya taking the right approach to moving up? That’s something we’ll all find out together at UFC 259.
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