Israel Adesanya reveals his main motivation for returning to the UFC and guarantees: 'I don't need belts'

Former middleweight champion, Adesanya is scheduled to return for UFC 305, in August, against Dricus Du Plessis

Israel Adesanya - UFC 293. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @stylebender

Israel adesanya weighing for the UFC 293. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @stylebender

Known for being one of the most active UFC champions in recent years, Israel adesanya promised a career hiatus after losing the middleweight belt (up to 83,9 kg) to Sean Strickland in September last year. This hiatus, however, should not last a year, as the Nigerian is set to return to compete for the title against the current champion Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 305, scheduled for August 18, in Perth, Australia.

Although he already returns in a title fight, Israel adesanya guarantees that winning the belt is no longer his main motivation in his return to the Octagon.


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Alex Patan (left) and Jamahal Hill (right) facing each other. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

“I'm excited to return to the octagon, it's been almost a year. Until I return, it will be 11 months. People always say they're rooting for me to get the belt back. I have belts. I don't need any more belts. I'm going after the heads, that's what I want to do. There are just a few more that I need to pull over and start,” Adesanya said in a video posted on his official YouTube channel.

The change in motivation was not the only reason why Israel adesanya passed in recent months. The Nigerian claims to have also changed his training routine to improve performance.


"I am working. I want to optimize my performance even more than before. Compared to how I used to live as an athlete, it's not even close to how I'm living as an athlete now. Now I eat breakfast before training. Before, I would wake up, go to the gym, train once or twice and then have breakfast”, he concluded.


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