In just over a week, UFC 259 will be upon us.
Along with what looks to be the most stacked card of the year, the Light Heavyweight title will be defended in the main event as Jan Blachowicz looks to make his first defense against Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya.
If Adesanya were to win the title, he would become only the fifth fighter in UFC history to be a simultaneous two-division world champion.
While that accomplishment is incredible in its own right, what happens to the rest of the UFC if Adesanya were victorious?
Adesanya has stated in the past that championships and championship wins are incredible, but what he is truly after is history. Becoming a two-division champion is certainly something for the history books, but it goes beyond that. The Light Heavyweight division has been run by only one man since he won the title so long ago, and that man is Jon Jones. Jones had been the champion on and off, but he had never lost it.
This most recent time, he vacated the title to move up a weight class. Jan Blachowicz won the championship in his absence, and now Adesanya wants the gold. Adesanya has already said he wants to face Jones in the future, and what better way to goat him into a fight, than to win the championship Jones never lost and challenge him for it. It sounds like the plot of a movie, but it could be even better.
As mentioned in last week’s article, Jon Jones has moved up to Heavyweight and will eventually challenge for the Heavyweight title. If somehow, Jones could capture the Heavyweight Championship and accept Izzy’s challenge back at Light Heavyweight, that would be the most sought-after fight in UFC and MMA history.
Even if Jones is unsuccessful in capturing the Heavyweight title, he can still go back to the division that made him the GOAT and face the Adesanya for the belt.
Again, this is all extremely dependent on Adesanya actually being victorious against Jan Blachowicz. And while it’s fun to talk about the future and some potential matchups, this is no foregone conclusion.
Regardless of the victor, next Saturday’s main event will be one for the history books.
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