Michael Bisping thinks Israel Adesanya will hold onto UFC middleweight belt ‘for a long time’, but backs Darren Till to cause him problems
Israel Adesanya has comprehensively beaten just about all challengers in the UFC’s middleweight division and former champion Michael Bisping doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.
Adesanya returns to the division where he is current champion at UFC 263 on June 12, after failing to become a two-weight champion.
He lost by unanimous decision to light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz in March, but quickly steps back into action when he faces Marvin Vettori again.
Adesanya has already beaten Vettori back in 2018, when he won by split decision, and its a chance for him to defend his belt for the third time.
The New Zealander is quickly running out of opponents to face, having already beaten all three of the top ranked fighters in his division.
“He looks fantastic. He looks like a guy who is going to hold onto the belt for a while,” Bisping told talkSPORT.com. “But there’s always someone bigger and harder around the corner you haven’t met yet, like my mum used to tell me.
“That’s the case. There’s always somebody. He’s fighting Marvin Vettori soon. Marvin, on paper, has given him his hardest fight as it was only a split decision victory.
“The first one was close, Marvin has got better and the last time Adesanya fought was against Jan Blachowicz where he lost, but that was going up a weight class.
“He lost that because he got taken down in rounds four and five. Marvin can wrestle a bit, so it’s going to be a close fight.”
One man in the division who is yet to face Adesanya is Britain’s own Darren Till.
UFC hall of fame Bisping believes it would be a competitive fight between the pair, but Till needs to get back on track with three defeats in his last four
“Darren Till, our very own is out there, he’s campaigning very hard for a fight with Adesanya,” Bisping added.
“Darren and Israel Adesanya would be a very competitive fight. Darren has got to get a couple of victories, but I think we’ll see that fight very soon.”
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