Israel Adesanya is the next UFC champion who will attempt to become ‘double champ’.
As confirmed by promotion president Dana White to ESPN, middleweight champion Adesanya will make the move up to 205 lbs on March 6th to challenge Jan Blachowicz for his light heavyweight championship.
While the event has yet to receive an official venue, UFC 259 will be headlined by the champion vs. champion clash.
Adesanya (20-0) is undefeated in his professional MMA career and quickly rose through the UFC ranks upon signing with the promotion in 2018. Winning five fights inside one year of his debut, including a victory over former champion Anderson Silva, Adesanya would claim an interim title in early 2019 before unifying the division against Robert Whittaker later that year. ‘The Last Stylebender’ has since successfully defended his title twice, first against Yoel Romero via unanimous decision before most recently handing Paulo Costa his first loss via second-round TKO at UFC 253.
Blachowicz (27-8) meanwhile will defend his title for the first time against Adesanya after picking up the vacant 205 lbs championship also at UFC 253. Blachowicz would earn his fourth straight win at light heavyweight, his eighth win in his last nine, with a second-round TKO over Dominick Reyes to become champion.