Chris Weidman: Israel Adesanya – Jan Blachowicz Fight “Reaffirmed” Belief He’s a Bad Matchup For Champ
By FCF Staff
Chris Weidman has reported in the past he thinks he’s a bad matchup for Israel Adesanya. Now, following the latter’s loss to light heavyweight champ, Jan Blachowicz, Weidman sounds even more confident in that belief.
The middleweight champ Adesanya moved up to fight Blachowicz at UFC 259 last month and lost via decision. Blachowicz was able to secure several takedowns in the fight, and he out-struck Adesanya by a 184 to 99 margin.
Ahead of Weidman’s bout with Uriah Hall this Saturday, the former middleweight champ had this to say about Adesanya’s loss (quote via MMA Junkie).
“Seeing that fight, seeing how a strong guy was able to out-grapple him and get the takedowns, it definitely reaffirmed the thoughts that I had on that fight,” Weidman said. “That being said, I have some work to do. I got Uriah Hall. I don’t expect to be fighting Adesanya next. I do know I’m bad matchup for him, and when I’m able to prove it to everybody, people are going to want to see it.”
The 36-year-old Weidman (15-5) is coming off a decision win over Omari Akhmedov in August, which snapped a two-fight losing skid.
Hall (16-9), who is also 36, stopped Anderson Silva in his last outing, which took place in October. Hall has won three straight.