Israel Adesanya says he wants to get the gold the whites took from Africa ahead of light heavyweight fight
- Israel Adesanya is aiming to make history as a two-division belt champion in the UFC
- The 31-year-old will challenge UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz
- The Nigerian-born New Zealander claims he wants to collect the gold the whites took from Africa
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has figuratively stated that he will get the gold the whites took from Africa when he faces Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title.
The 31-year-old is looking to become the first African-born double champion in UFC history if he records a win over the Polish Power.
Adesanya believes it is time the UFC have Africans take over the heaviest divisions as Cameroon's Francis Nganou takes on Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight crown.
Nigerian-born Kamaru Usman is also the welterweight champion and a win for the Last Style Bender and Nganou will see Africans hold four belts in the UFC.
“I just like the look of that. I think of the powerful image of three, I used to say three, but I’m gonna correct myself and say four African-born UFC Champions, side by side, united in strength.
"Like I’ve said before, they’ve taken a lot of gold from Africa, so it’s time to take some gold back to Africa. We’ve been doing that, so adding two new collections to our gold will be very nice. We can stand United and shine and inspire our people."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Nigerian nightmare, Kamaru Usman had to put a press conference on hold to speak with his parents on the phone shortly after successfully defending his title in UFC258.
Usman retained his UFC welterweight title having defeated Brazilian fighter Gilbert Burns in the wee hours of Sunday, February 14.
But it took the Nigerian nightmare a sensational comeback after Burns began the first round on a front foot.
The Brazilian charged across, took the centre immediately and he got Usman backed up to the fence very early.
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