In the event of a successful belt defense against Leon Edwards, reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman could challenge UFC middleweight title holder Israel Adesanya.
This was announced in an interview with TMZ Sports by the manager of the best fighter in the world, Ali Abdelaziz.
“I want him to beat Leon Edwards and then fight Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title,” Abdelaziz said. “These guys have a good relationship, but they are not best friends. If there is enough money for both of them, they will even fight in the parking lot. I know how it works”
“I love Israel, I’m a big fan of him and love to watch his fights. He’s a nice guy, but at the end of the day, I’m on Kamaru Usman’s team and I want to see him with two titles. I am selfish and I am greedy. As Henry Cejudo says, I’m a gold miner.”
The manager also confirmed the information that his ward wanted to challenge Jan Blachowicz when the Pole owned the UFC light heavyweight title.
“Yes, Kamaru was thinking about moving up to light heavyweight and fighting Blachowicz instead of Adesanya. Styles make fights. Kamaru would have beaten Yan all five rounds.”
Presumably, the title fight between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards will take place this summer, and Israel Adesanya on February 12 will defend his championship belt in a rematch against Robert Whittaker.