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Kamaru Usman Will Fight Israel Adesanya If Money's Right, Says Manager – TMZ

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Kamaru Usman Will Fight Israel Adesanya If Money's Right, Says Manager – TMZ

Kamaru Usman may be down to fight Israel Adesanya after all — that is IF the money’s right — according to manager Ali Abdelaziz, who tells TMZ Sports he wants his fighter to go up a weight class to attain a 2nd UFC title.
“I want him to beat Leon Edwards and I want him to go fight Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title,” Abdelaziz said when speaking about his top-ranked pound-for-pound client.
Kamaru, the 170 lb. champ, and Izzy, the 185 lb. champ, have always shut down talks of them fighting … because they’re both Nigerian.
But, Ali doesn’t believe that’d stop them if it came down to it.
“These guys, they’re cool but I don’t think they like best friends. Listen, if there’s enough money for both of them, they’ll fight in the parking lot. I know how people work. This has nothing to do with loyalty.”
Abdelaziz continued, talking about the importance of attaining a title in 2 divisions.
“I like Israel, I love watching him. I’m a huge fan. He’s a nice guy, but at the end of the day, I’m Kamaru Usman team all the way. I want to see Kamaru Usman before end of the road have two titles. I’m selfish. I’m greedy. Like Henry Cejudo says, I’m a gold digger.”
In fact, Ali says Usman is even considering going up 2-weight classes … all the way to 205 lbs.
“Kamaru’s thinking about going to a light heavyweight and fight Jan Blachowicz, not fight Adesanya.”
Of course, Jan lost his last fight to Glover Teixeira and is no longer the champ.
But, the point remains … Kamaru is considering going up 35 lbs. and fighting a man who’s significantly bigger than him — a fight Abdelaziz believes his guy would win rather easily.
“Styles make fights. Kamaru will beat Jan for five rounds straight.”
But first — before an Israel, Jan, or matchup with anyone else — the Nigerian Nightmare has to beat Leon Edwards … who hasn’t lost since (you guessed it) he was beaten by Usman in 2015.
That fight is likely to go down sometime over the next few months.
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