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Israel Adesanya is watching UFC Paris this weekend (Saturday, September 3, 2022), but he’s not expecting a big fight in his weight class.
In the evening’s co-main event, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will face top contender and recent challenger Marvin Vettori. Meanwhile, each fighter’s recent performances have been flawless after two bouts with defending champion Adesanya.
With both men looking to rebuild their resumes to earn a third crack at “The Last Stylebender,” UFC Paris is a pivotal moment for the division’s immediate future. Despite all the factors considered, the champion does not find much interest in the couple.
Adesanya about the co-main event
“I’m excited about the main event, similarly, for the co-main event I’m excited for…, I’m not,” Adesanya told The Blakamoto & Oscar Show. “I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to bull- you guys and give you P.C. (politically correct) answers. I’m not excited about the co-main event.
“I’m watching. Meh,” he continued. “I know who’s going to win.” Rob will win, so it’s not interesting to me. However, I don’t know who will win for the main event, and I like [Cyril] Gane, but I love Tai [Tuivasa]. This is my dog.”
As for Adesanya and the Trilogies, in fact, his next time will be in a variation of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Izzy has two losses against Alex Pereira in kickboxing matches. They now enter MMA for the third time, headlining UFC 281 on November 12, 2022, at Madison Square Garden.
A victory for Adesanya would be his sixth official title defense. While Pereira’s fight is just his eighth in MMA (fourth in the UFC).