• Babajide EverBlazin

UFC: Adesanya backs hosting event in Africa

Israel Adesanya has reaffirmed his support for the call to have the UFC staged in Africa and is intent on fighting on the card, even if it means not fighting with a title on the line.

The Former UFC middleweight champion fell to Pereira on November 13 in New York City at the Madison Square Garden, his first defeat at middleweight and just his second loss of his MMA career overall.

UFC president, Dana White hinted at the prospect of staging the event in Africa next year during the post-fight press conference.

After getting word of White’s announcement, Adesanya is keen on being a massive presence on the UFC Africa card.

During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Adesanya dismissed the notion that UFC Africa won’t be as big without him and Kamaru Usman on the cards as champions.

“The hunter’s now the hunted. F*ck the belt,” Adesanya said. “It’s us. What we’ve done is etched in history forever. There are moments in history that will never be captured again. We’re still writing the book; this is not over.”

Adesanya eyes an immediate rematch with Pereira and a chance to re-write the script when it comes to their rivalry in combat sports.

The 33-year old mixed martial artist alongside Usman and UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, a Cameroonian, are three of the biggest African-born stars in combat sports history.

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