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Team Adesanya wants Light Heavyweight title fight with Jamahal Hill

LockerRoom Team
12 April 2023

Israel Adesanya, the newly crowned division champion, has been linked to a light heavyweight move of his own against division titleholder, Jamahal Hill, by head coach Eugene Bareman, despite ruling out the possibility of an immediate championship trilogy rubber match against Alex Pereira as the next opponent.

Adesanya won his undisputed middleweight title with a devastating second-round KO victory against Pereira in Miami, Florida, during the course of last weekend's main event of UFC 287.

“Let’s do it. Let’s do it. And honestly, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter [about whether we match up well with the current champion]. Like every fighter that you fight will have flaws. And that’s up to the opponent and the team to take advantage of them. So, Jamahal Hill, I’m not being disrespectful. I haven’t seen him fight yet. I don’t think. But I don’t watch the fights,” Eugene Bareman noted on his interview with Submission Radio.

Bareman admitted that Hill is a tough fight but is excited about the prospect.

“If you’re a world champion, you’re the best of the best. I’m sure. He is a very tough fight. I’ve seen him at the after party, I’m sure he is a nice fella. But it’s not about that. Like, it’s about the challenges, man. When you get to this level, it’s about challenges. Let’s do it. Sign it, like, get it done, boys. Can you get it done?,” the coach added.

In January at UFC 283 in Brazil, Hill, a graduate of Dana White's Contender Series, declared himself the undisputed light heavyweight champion by winning a lopsided unanimous decision over Glover Teixeira.

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Adesanya's quest for the duel-weight champion title was unsuccessful in 2021, and he lost his debut match to Jan Blachowicz, a former division champion, by unanimous decision.

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