Ahead of his rematch with Alex Pereira, former UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has revealed that he will retire from the mixed martial arts in the next five years
Recall that the the Nigerian star was defeated by long-term rival Pereira last year for the third time in his fighting career which saw him lose his title.
However, the 33-year-old has insisted he will try to end his career on a high and wants to return to his status as the king of the division.
“I’ve been in the UFC five years, right?,? Adesanya said during a press conference in Australia while discussing his upcoming rematch with Pereira.
“If I’m being honest, I’m not gonna be here in five years. I have other things to do in life. I love this sht and I’m f*king great at it but I never attach myself to this and I?m gonna leave on top.
“So yeah, that?s the place where I feel like you should leave. But again, I?ve been here five years in the UFC, (snaps fingers) it went like that. We’ll see how long I’m here for but I don’t think it?s gonna be five years,? Adesanya said.
Adesanya has become a hugely popular figure in martial arts and is currently the UFC?s second-highest-paid fighter behind his friend Conor McGregor.
The Nigerian-born New Zealander has a record of 23 wins and two losses.