Israel Adesanya could possibly be out of motion till September following his loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259.
The Nigerian-born New Zealander was unsuccessful in try to say the light-heavyweight strap to his personal middleweight belt in a unanimous choice defeat.
Adesanya tried to manage the a lot bigger champion from the skin and choose him off from vary, however Blachowicz used all his crafty and expertise to swarm the challenger and floor him.
Though neither fighter inflicted critical quantities of ache on the opposite, ‘The Final Stylebender’ will want clearance from a health care provider earlier than he is ready to battle once more.
Whereas his Polish opponent picked up a 30-day obligatory suspension with 21 days with out contact, Adesanya wants an X-ray on his left foot and ankle.
Ought to he fail to obtain clearance from a health care provider, the 31-year-old will likely be suspended for as many as 180 days which might rule him out of motion till September on the earliest.
If, nonetheless, a medical skilled determines the damage to not be as critical as first feared, the middleweight champion will solely need to serve a minimal suspension of 45 days to permit his physique to get well.
Regardless of talks of a super-fight with bitter rival Jon Jones gathering momentum earlier than his first ever defeat in MMA, the 185lbs UFC champion is adamant he’ll drop again right down to defend his title earlier than contemplating one other transfer up.
“Proper now, I’ve bought a division I’ve bought to dominate,” Adesanya mentioned within the post-fight press convention.
“I do know what they’re considering, ‘Oh, that’s it, you’ve simply bought to take him down and then you definitely’ve bought him.’ All proper, cool, wager, however I’ll remind them once more why I’m the king of 185.”
President Dana White echoed these sentiments and insisted the dimensions distinction between Jones and Adesanya could be much more obvious now the previous 205lbs champion has moved as much as heavyweight.
“Jon Jones was at that weight class,” White mentioned. “Jon’s going to be a lot larger than Israel. I feel Israel ought to deal with middleweight proper now.