UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz said he would like to wait until March before defending his belt against middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who is looking to become the eighth fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously.
Blachowicz, who defeated Dominic Reyes for 26 September and his wife is expecting their first child in December, and Poland is experiencing a spike in their homeland coronovirus cases.
“I can fight anyone in March,” Blachikos said during an interview for Wednesday’s episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA show. “It’s not a problem for me. But I can’t do any fighting before March. If Israel wants to wait, then there’s no problem.”
“Right now in Poland, the situation is not so good, and we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. The day after tomorrow. We are training as usual, but nobody knows what our government is preparing. We will see . ” What is going to happen later “
Adesania had said he hoped to fight again in 2020, after Paulo Costa was demolished via second-round stoppage Septa. It was expected that he would defend his title against top middleweight contender Robert Whitaker, but UFC player Dana White changed those plans and gave Adesanya a chance to move up in weight without sacrificing his middleweight crown.
Asked if he would wait until March or April, Adesanya told ESPN: “Nothing has been set or done yet. Hearing it all. I’m a very inspiring guy.”
Adsania also said that he had no doubt that he would eventually fight John Jones, who vacated the light heavyweight belt to pursue the heavyweight title. Adesanya has long offered a scene of fighting Jones in 2021 at Allegant Stadium in Las Vegas.
“There’s no way that a fight isn’t going to happen,” Adesanya said.
Asked if the fight would be a light heavyweight or a heavyweight, Adesanya said: “You can see someone putting three belts for the first time in history.”
Blachowicz also said he would be ready to face Jones if he decided to leave the light heavyweight back. But Blachowicz said that if he defeated Adesania, he would fight the winner of the main event between Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira next Saturday.