Israel Adesanya could be out for SIX MONTHS after loss to Jan Blachowicz as Dana White urges middleweight champion to forget Jon Jones
Israel Adesanya could be out of action until September following his loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259.
The Nigerian-born New Zealander was unsuccessful in attempt to claim the light-heavyweight strap to his own middleweight belt in a unanimous decision defeat.
Adesanya tried to control the much larger champion from the outside and pick him off from range, but Blachowicz used all his cunning and experience to swarm the challenger and ground him.
Although neither fighter inflicted serious amounts of pain on the other, ‘The Last Stylebender’ will need clearance from a doctor before he is able to fight again.
While his Polish opponent picked up a 30-day mandatory suspension with 21 days without contact, Adesanya needs an X-ray on his left foot and ankle.
Should he fail to receive clearance from a doctor, the 31-year-old will be suspended for as many as 180 days which would rule him out of action until September at the earliest.
If, however, a medical professional determines the injury to not be as serious as first feared, the middleweight champion will only have to serve a minimum suspension of 45 days to allow his body to recover.
Despite talks of a super-fight with bitter rival Jon Jones gathering momentum before his first ever defeat in MMA, the 185lbs UFC champion is adamant he will drop back down to defend his title before considering another move up.
“Right now, I’ve got a division I’ve got to dominate,” Adesanya said in the post-fight press conference.
“I know what they’re thinking, ‘Oh, that’s it, you’ve just got to take him down and then you’ve got him.’ All right, cool, bet, but I’ll remind them again why I’m the king of 185.”
President Dana White echoed these sentiments and insisted the size difference between Jones and Adesanya would be even more apparent now the former 205lbs champion has moved up to heavyweight.
“Jon Jones used to be at that weight class,” White said. “Jon’s going to be so much bigger than Israel. I think Israel should focus on middleweight right now.