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Israel Adesanya Names The UFC Super-Fight He Really Wants After Paulo Costa

Israel Adesanya Names The UFC Super-Fight He Really Wants After Paulo Costa

UFC star Israel Adesanya wants a future showdown with long-time rival Darren Till at London's O2 Arena or in Wimbledon.

Adesanya, 31, is set to defend his UFC middleweight title against No.1 contender Paulo Costa at UFC 253.

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But the undefeated champion is thinking about his future ahead of his September 26 clash.

Speaking to Submission Radio, the Nigerian-born Kiwi fighter spoke about the 185lbs division and revealed that he's eyeing a blockbuster bout against Till.

"I hope [Jared] Cannonier beats Robert [Whittaker], cause I want a new body. Jack Hermansson, I don't really mind too much," he said.

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"But I'd like Darren to get that one done, but he didn't really get it done against Robert.

"It was a good fight, close fight, but I think maybe the takedowns gave it to Robert. Who knows. But yeah, the Jack Hermansson and Darren Till fight, I don't really mind.

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"But Cannonier, I hope Cannonier whoops his ass, so I can... I want to fight that guy, I like him."

He added: "Same with Darren. But also Jack Hermansson I'd like to fight, but I really want to fight Darren one day in the O2 or in Wimbledon.

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"That would be a good excuse to go to England. Go sip some tea and crumpets.

"[Till and I] haven't talked in a little bit, but we're cool. I mean, we know the game. Like, Darren's a guy, I'm not gonna act like we got beef, when it's time to fight I will fucking embarrass him.

"Yeah. But right now, he's cool and I'm cool. We're cool. Yeah."

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Till, 27, lost his chance to face Adesanya after failing to beat Robert Whittaker on 'Fight Island' last month.

However, the current middleweight king is keeping tabs on the Liverpool man, who's set to collide with Jack Hermansson in December.

Adesanya vs. Till? Watch this space.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Instagram

Topics: Paulo Costa, UFC News, UFC 253, Fight News, UFC, Darren Till, Israel Adesanya

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.