Las Vegas, NV | Nov. 7, 2020, 3:53 p.m.
It seems that Adesanya vs Blachowicz is a reality. It's true that Adesanya has nothing else to prove at 185. He has beaten the top contenders and he dominated most of them. After dismantling Paulo Costa, a fight against the winner of Whittaker and Cannonier was the obvious one. Had Cannonier won, Jared would most likely be fighting Adesanya for the title. But now is Adesanya setting his eyes in the Light Heavyweight belt. Though we applaud him for that bravery and tenacity, is he rushing towards greatness? Is he overlooking major obstacles along the way? Are his quarrels with Jones the real reason behind it?
The fact that Adesanya is jumping into the next weight class is not surprising for many but fighting for the lightweight belt is eye opening. A good rule of thumb before jumping into a bigger weight class is to get a feel for it first before going for a title. Twenty pounds might not seem as much but in professional fighting is a whole new game. If his rationale is that by beating Paulo Costa, who many considered to be too strong for Israel, that he could do the same to Blachowicz, then he could be in for a disappointing outcome. We don't know if Adesanya's punch carries into the next weight class. It could very well be that it won't have the same impact. We do know that Blachowicz is a strong Lightweight. He carries power on both hands. He's KOd 3 of his last 5 fights against big fighters.
Perhaps testing himself in the division against a Mauricio Rua or even against top 10 fighters as Johnny Walker or Anthony Smith would have been a better choice. We know that speed and youth are advantages for Adesanya but getting acclimated to heavier fighters and greater punching power is never a bad idea. Two fights in the lightweight division would have been ideal for him before going against Blachowicz.
One could also argue that his real motives to go into the lightweight division lie in his dislike of Jon Jones. His war of words with Jones has led many to believe that capturing the light heavyweight crown would lure Jones back into the division.
Their mutual dislike has been escalating lately and it sure has turned ugly. In a video conversation with MMA Junkie Adesanya warned Jones about taking things too personal.
"I don't give a (expletive) if your mom's dead. I’m sure she was a beautiful woman, a beautiful soul, but I don't give a (expletive) if she's dead. Don't mention my dad. Do not mention my family. This is business, this is work. Yeah, sure, mention my coach. Cool. But don't mention anything personal. You think you can get down and dirty? Mother(expletive) I'm from the gutter. I can get grimy. You don't understand Nigerians. Trust me, you don't want this war."
If fighting Jones is his ultimate goal, overlooking a fighter like Blachowicz is a big mistake. Price fighting is full of examples of fighters looking into the future and not focusing on the task at hand.
Whatever the details and motives are, Adesanya's courage to go after the lightweight belt and against an opponent as dangerous as Blachowicz is something to admire. Perhaps in the grand scheme of things Dana White, Adesanya and Jones are building up a big money-generating event. After all, Dana has often said that to make a big fight you need a big story and characters who dislike each other. That might be true, but there are always many Blachowiczs around willing to spoil the big party built at their own expense.
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