ISRAEL ADESANYA is on course to attain ‘Champ Champ’ status faster than anyone in UFC history – including Conor McGregor.
The Nigerian-born Kiwi will look to add the light-heavyweight title to his collection early on Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 259 in Las Vegas, where he’ll lock horns with Jan Blachowicz.
Israel Adesanya will challenge Jan Blachowicz for the light-heavyweight title this weekend[/caption]
Israel Adesanya is the reigning UFC middleweight champion[/caption]
Conor McGregor became the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion in November 2016[/caption]
Victory over the Pole will see fan favourite Adesanya become the UFC‘s fifth simultaneous two-division champion.
And he’s on the brink of joining the elite club in record time.
Should The Last Stylebender have his raised this weekend, he will have attained double champ status in 1120 days.
The record for the fastest ‘Champ Champ’ in UFC history is currently held by the promotion’s first simultaneous two-weight champion, Conor McGregor.
The UFC’s poster boy – who is gearing up for a trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier – claimed the featherweight and lightweight titles in 1317 days.
Becoming a two-division champion in just over three years would be a huge testament to Adesanya’s skill set and star power.
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𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗙𝗖'𝘀 𝘀𝗶𝗺𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝘁𝘄𝗼-𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗺 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘀:
Conor McGregor – 1317 days
Henry Cejudo – 1639 days
Daniel Cormier – 1905 days
Amanda Nunes – 1975 days
Adesanya has been remarkably calm ahead of his date with destiny and insists he’s under no pressure to win his light-heavyweight debut.
He told Yahoo Sports: “The pressure is on him. I mean, he’s representing for the light heavyweights.
“Here comes a skinny boy from middleweight coming up is going to whip his ass.
“Yeah, so he has to step up and really show up for the light heavyweights. So that’s all the pressure on him.
“But that’s how I see it from the outsider’s perspective. In my head, I put all the pressure on me because of what I’m trying to get done.
“So yeah, that kind of pressure on myself because it makes me shine.
“It makes me– yeah, it makes me work under that pressure.”
Adesanya has aspirations of becoming the UFC’s first three-division champion, although he admits he’d love to see his fellow African Francis Ngannou get his hands on the heavyweight title.
He said: “Depending on how this next heavyweight title belt goes, it could be, but also, like I’ve said before, I like the idea with four UFC champions.
Israel Adesanya has aspirations of becoming a three-weight world champion[/caption]
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“That is myself, Kamaru, and Francis coming from, you know, the continent, the great, great continent of Africa.
“We’re taking a lot of gold back, too, that was stolen from us, so yeah, I like that.
“I like that look. It’s a powerful image that can inspire our people.
“So yeah, I prefer that over being, to be honest, the triple champion of the UFC.”