Once he unified the titles, he asked to face the boogeyman of the division, Yoel Romero, in his first defense, and after emerging with his perfect record intact, he backed up his promise to make it look easy against Paulo Costa by doing precisely that.
“I want my legacy to be the guy that fought everyone in his way and when they weren’t in my way, I went out of my way to fight some people, just so I could prove I’m the best,” said Adesanya. “When it’s all said and done, people can be like, ‘It’s a wrap. He’s the one. He’s the (greatest of all-time). You weren’t around in ‘The Stylebender Era,’ when he was calling out Romero when he ain’t have to, when he was dismantling people early in his career, when he jumped up to light heavyweight and f***** up Jan Blachowicz.’”
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While pound-for-pound debates and arguments about who is “The G.O.A.T.” are always subjective and often more difficult than we want to allow, there is no denying that moving to 21-0 and holding both the middleweight and light heavyweight titles would put Adesanya on a very short list of the top talents of his generation.
And although more than a few eras in this sport have been far shorter lived than many anticipated, the potential for Adesanya to continue his three-years-and-counting run of unbridled success is there.