By Jonathan Spencer For Mailonline
Published: 15:14 GMT, 2 November 2020 | Updated: 15:14 GMT, 2 November 2020
Israel Adesanya has confirmed that he is making the step up to light-heavyweight and is ready to battle it out with Jan Blachowicz for his recently acquired title.
The light-heavyweight champion won the title vacated by Jon Jones when he stopped Dominick Reyes at the end of September during UFC 253.
Adesanya's coach Eugene Bareman recently revealed they were targeting the Nigerian-born New Zealander becoming a two-weight champion, while UFC chief Dana White said he would move up a weight class to fight Blachowicz - according to ESPN.
Israel Adesanya has claimed that he is going to 'snatch' the light-heavyweight title
And middleweight champion Adesanya himself has confirmed this to be true since.
Adesanya told : 'It's official. I guess Dana broke the news, so yeah, I'm going up to 205, and I'm gonna snatch that 205 strap. Respectfully.'
Adesanya then revealed the major reason why he is targeting a second title at light-heavyweight rather than defending his current belt.
He admitted that after seeing Robert Whittaker beat Jared Cannonier at UFC 254, he wanted to try his hand at another