UFC: Israel Adesanya Wants To ‘Choke Somebody Out’

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is known for knocking his opponents out with his precision striking, but he says he is no slouch on the ground too.

Adesanya defended his middleweight crown against Paulo Costa at UFC 253 in September, and now plans to move up to light heavyweight to face champion Jan Blachowicz.

Grappling Skills

‘The Last Stylebender’ has won 15 of his 20 MMA bouts via knockout. But to date, he is yet to win via submission. Speaking to MMA Fighting however, Adesanya said that submission wins are something he is looking to add to his resume.

“I hope they start shooting on me more cause I want to choke somebody out,” Adesanya said. “I mean people were shooting on me at the beginning of my UFC career, and then they realised, ‘We can’t be doing that, f*** it let’s strike, oh we can’t do that [either].’ They should go back to shooting on me again, cause I’ve got some tricks that I want to use.”

Dominance Against Anyone In Any Weight Class

Last month, Blachowicz warned Adesanya of the dangers of moving up to the 205lbs division, saying that there is a massive difference between fighting at middleweight and light heavyweight. Despite the warning however, the 31 year old doesn’t believe he needs to make any changes before moving up a weight class.

“Perfectly honest with you, nothing changes,” Adesanya said. “Just keep doing what we’ve always done, which is get better everyday. There’s nothing that’s going to change in regards to that.”

While a fight with Blachowicz looks like his next career move, Adesanya said that the result will always be the same, regardless of who he fights.

“Same s***,” he said. “Go in there, establish my dominance, my range, my energy and pick them apart until they fall – or they get slept.”

Yesterday, Adesanya posted to social media that he had received his BJJ purple belt from Atos Jiu Jitsu Head Coach, Andre Galvao.

How do you see Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz playing out?

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