UFC 234: Israel Adesanya Insists He’s Fighting For The Belt Next
By FCF Staff
Since Robert Whittaker was forced out of his title defense last night at UFC 234, it’s not clear what’s next for the promotion’s 185 title. But, Israel Adesanya insists he’s going to be fighting for the belt next.
Whittaker was supposed to fight Kelvin Gastelum in the main event, but the champion had to drop out due to emergency surgery to repair a hernia. Adesanya went on to defeat Anderson Silva by decision, in a fight that was dubbed as a title shot eliminator.
During the post-fight press conference, Adesanya had this to say about his future (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I’m the No. 1 contender,” Adesanya said. “I’m the guy fighting for the belt. I don’t care. Kelvin or Rob, whoever it is I don’t care. Whoever has the belt. Cause I see Kelvin walking around with that belt and I don’t know who gave it to him. I’m fighting for the belt next that’s all I know. I did my job. I showed up to work.”
“I can afford to do what I want right now,” Adesanya added. “I can wait out for as long as I need to because I’ve done so much for the company. I’ve played my part and I’m the No. 1 contender. ‘Jacare’ (Souza) can fight Kelvin, or they already fight – get a rematch. I don’t care. I showed up to work, that’s all I know.”
With last night’s victory, Adesanya moved his UFC record to 5-0 and his overall, MMA record to 16-0.