BetOnline has ‘Stylebender’ favored to become double champ vs. Blachowicz

Israel Adesanya is looking for a second belt and is favored to get it vs. Jan Blachowicz.

UFC President Dana White confirmed Saturday night that middleweight kingpin Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya is moving up to take on light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz, who recently won the 205-pound belt with a second-round knockout win over Dominick Reyes.

BetOnline opened the undefeated Adesanya (20-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) as a -250 favorite, but it was up to -265 as of early Monday afternoon. Blachowicz is a +225 underdog.

Adesanya won the interim middleweight strap with a unanimous-decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in April of 2019. Then he became the undisputed champ with a second-round KO victory over Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 less than 13 months ago.

The 31-year old who was born in Nigeria but lives and trains in New Zealand has successfully defended his 185-pound strap twice with wins over Yoel Romero (UD) and Paulo Costa. Adesanya finished the previously-unbeaten Costa via second-round KO at UFC 253 on Sept. 27.

White was planning on booking a rematch between Whittaker and Adesanya, but he explained that the promotion went a different route when Whittaker didn’t express much interest in it after last week’s win over Jared Cannonier.

Blachowicz (27-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) has won four consecutive fights, including three KO wins over Luke Rockhold, Corey Anderson and Reyes. He also has a split-decision win over Jacare Souza.

Since losing four of his first six UFC fights, the 37-year-old fighter from Poland is 8-1 in his last nine Octagon appearances dating back to October of 2017. The only loss during that stretch came by third-round KO against Thiago Santos.

The date and venue for this scrap is yet to be determined.

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