The fight which could make Israel Adesanya a two-division UFC champion has been confirmed.
UFC president Dana White revealed to ESPN on Thursday (NZ time) the New Zealand mixed martial arts star, who holds the middleweight world title, would face Polish light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz on March 7.
The bout would take place at UFC 259, with no location yet confirmed for the pay-per-view event.
With 20 wins from 20 professional MMA fights, Adesanya defended his title twice in 2020, scoring a unanimous points decision victory over Cuban Yoel Romero and claiming a second round TKO over Brazilian powerhouse Paulo Costa.
The Nigerian-born New Zealander is aiming to become the UFC’s eighth two-weight champion against 38-year-old Blachowicz, who will be defending the light-heavyweight belt for the first time having claimed the vacant title in September.