Israel Adesanya Expects to Weigh Below 200 Pounds Ahead of UFC 259

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 2, 2021

Although Israel Adesanya is moving up a division at UFC 259, not much will change from his usual middleweight routine.

‘I’m gonna keep the same energy during my fight week,” Adesanya told ESPN. “I’m not gonna go crazy and f—-ing order Uber Eats and cakes and whatever. I’m just gonna keep the same energy.”

The reigning 185-pound king will attempt to become a two-division champion when he faces reigning light heavyweight title holder Jan Blachowicz Saturday’s headliner at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Despite facing an opponent who has competed at 205 pounds for years, Adesanya didn’t adopt a plan to pack on extra weight.

“Put it this way,” Adesanya said. “I could still make 185 if I have to.”

That said, “The Last Stylebender” expects to weight below 200 pounds when he hits the scales and when he stands across the Octagon from Blachowicz.

“Don’t be surprised if I weigh in at like 193,” he said. “Don’t be surprised.”

For Adesanya, maintaining a routine for his body is more important than trying to match size with Blachowicz. At the most, he says he might weight 200 pounds on Saturday night.

"Same flex, baby," Adesanya said. "Same thing. It's just silly to me when people go and decide to add more muscles to their frame that they're not used to over the years working this game.

“For me, I just do this thing different,” he added. “I want to bring it back to the rawness of martial arts, technique. Don’t worry about weight, don’t worry about all that. There’s a point where it becomes a favor for the other guy, but not this time. I don’t think he’s gonna put on enough weight to be an issue for me and if he tries to, he’s going to f—k himself over.

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