Israel Adesanya has absolutely no interest in boxing crossover fights and plans to make mega money in the UFC.
Both BMF champion Jorge Masvidal and UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic have called for a fight with boxing superstars in the shape of Canelo and Tyson Fury, respectively.
"I consider myself 10 times the athlete he is ... I feel I could hurt this dude." @GamebredFighter had time for Canelo Alvarez today :eyes:- Lorenzo pic.twitter.com/bc8c7usQkT
- Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) November 12, 2019
But the UFC middleweight champion has no plans of swapping the Octagon for the ring.
"This [UFC] is where I'm going to end my career," Adesanya said. "People say, 'oh, after UFC, you can go to boxing and have one super fight maybe with Canelo and make a hundred million.
"I'm like, I can do that in the UFC. I might be the first fighter to do that in the UFC."
Adesanya continued by insisting that the 'baddest motherf**kers' in the combat world belong in the UFC.
"It's silly. Why would I come to the proving ground of all fighting - the UFC - and then afterward, fight a guy and take away like 80 percent of my weapons," he added.
"I want to kick people. I want to strangle someone. I can't do that in boxing. I don't want to get into the clinch and then okay, break.
"Same thing with kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, judo, wrestling - they're all limited styles of fighting. If you want to be the baddest motherfucker in the world. Pound-for-pound... everyone throws that greatest fighter, pound-for-pound is Canelo [Alvarez]. He's the pound-for-pound maybe greatest boxer right now. Not fighter. You have to test yourself against another style."
Adesanya has enjoyed a stunning rise in the UFC since making his promotional debut in February 2018. He's rattled off seven consecutive victories, including dethroning middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in his last bout.
The Nigerian-born Kiwi is slated to return to action early next year with Yoel Romero touted as a potential opponent.