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Paul Craig fears Israel Adesanya might significantly battle towards Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 and divulges why Jon Jones leaving has made the division ‘so significantly better’


Paul Craig believes Israel Adesanya might battle towards Jan Blachowicz after deciding to maneuver as much as light-heavyweight to pursue a second UFC title.

The present middleweight champion defeated primary contender Paulo Costa with consummate ease on Struggle Island in September.

Israel Adesanya is targeting a second world title belt against Jan Blachowicz

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Israel Adesanya is concentrating on a second world title belt towards Jan Blachowicz

With most popular opponent Jared Cannonier failing to get previous Robert Whittaker, Adesanya appears genuinely disadvantaged of prime contenders at 185lbs.

As appears to be the case for a lot of world champions, transferring up in weight and claiming a second belt is one thing ‘The Final Stylebender’ is aiming to do on Saturday evening in Las Vegas.

Nevertheless Craig, who harbours world title ambitions himself, believes the transfer as much as 205lbs might not work in his favour.

He informed talkSPORT.com: “We’ve seen guys transfer up via the divisions to maneuver as much as light-heavyweight and it labored out for individuals like Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos.

Adesanya knocked out Paulo Costa to retain his middleweight title

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Adesanya knocked out Paulo Costa to retain his middleweight title

“However it didn’t work out for Luke Rockhold and it didn’t work out for Chris Weidman who had been champions. So I feel generally having that further weight and having the construction to have the muscle that Jan has, as a result of he’s an enormous man, I don’t suppose is a beneficial combat for Izzy.

“He’s by no means actually been examined as regards to pictures and I feel if Jan can’t land huge, heavy pictures on him, he’s simply going to take him down and grind him out that manner.

“So it’s an fascinating combat, however that’s what makes it an entertaining division!”

The ‘Bearjew’ defeated Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas in a rematch of their basic bout a 12 months in the past.

Paul Craig wants to retire Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua by beating him in their rematch

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Paul Craig needs to retire Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua by beating him of their rematch

Though the previous college instructor was in peril of shedding his place within the UFC two-and-a-half years in the past in London, he informed talkSPORT earlier than the combat {that a} win over UFC legend Rua might propel him into title rivalry.

“Wanting on the division now, it’s extensive open,” Craig added. “You’ve received Jan [Blachowicz] in that primary place, however the division is open man.

“I feel everyone has received a possibility to capitalise on this and it makes the light-heavyweight division much more thrilling.

“Jon Jones transferring as much as heavyweight has made this division so significantly better as a result of he’s not clutching at that title any extra and it simply means there are extra individuals making an attempt to get to it now.”

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In addition to educating, Craig was a soccer coach and was delighted to see the Tartan Military attain Euro 2020, their first main event this Millennium.

And with the favored anthem ‘Sure Sir, I Can Boogie’ set to be his walkout track, Craig is hoping to make 2021 a particular 12 months for Scottish sport.

He concluded: “That conjures up a nation! We’re famend for not being the best in sport, our final main competitors was France in 1998.

“Perhaps, subsequent 12 months we see Paul Craig ‘UFC Champion’ and Scotland European champions? We’ve seen WWE star Drew McIntyre get the belt. So who is aware of, perhaps Scotland is simply going to be the place the place sport is occurring?”





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