Israel Adesanya places his UFC middleweight title on the line in the main function of Saturday night’s UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi opposite undefeated contender Paulo Costa, but climbing Khamzat Chimaev currently has his eyes established on him.
Chimaev, who enhanced to 3- in just 66 days as a UFC fighter when he stopped Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds earlier this month in Las Vegas, vowed to a single working day “stop” the two UFC champions Kamaru Usman and Adesanya.
“What do you stated about me,” Chimaev wrote on social media, “it will value you your belt, if you’re still the winner. Superior luck.”
@stylebender what do you reported about me it will expense you your belt if you are nevertheless the winner Great luck
— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) September 23, 2020
Chimaev (9-) manufactured his octagon debut in July and demolished John Phillips in a middleweight bout, stopping him in the second spherical. The 26-yr-outdated returned 10 days afterwards to acquire on Rhys McKee in a light-weight contest, scoring another 1-sided end.
Adesanya (19-), unbeaten in 8 UFC appearances given that Feb. 2018, mentioned on a media day Wednesday in Abu Dhabi that he’s not hunting past Costa, but expects his future title defense to be from Jared Cannonier need to he beat Robert Whittaker on Oct. 24.