Jason Wilnis, who holds kickboxing win over Israel Adesanya, books second MMA fight
Less than two months after making a successful MMA debut, Jason Wilnis already has his next assignment on tap.
Wilnis, a kickboxing veteran who holds a controversial unanimous decision win over Israel Adesanya from January 2017, will look to continue building early career momentum in MMA with his sophomore contest in the sport.
Wilnis (1-0) is set to take on Mohamed Ghalab (6-2) in a middleweight main event at Levels Fight League 3, which takes place Oct. 10 in Amsterdam and streams live on http://www.LFLMMA.com and FITEtv. MMA Junkie verified the booking with promotional officials on Wednesday.
After a strong run in the kickboxing world, Wilnis transitioned sports in July and scored a first-round knockout of Erhan Okuroglu in his MMA debut at Levels Fight League 2 in July.
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The 30-year-old is taking a humble approach to his new sport, but he has big aspirations. He told MMA Junkie earlier this year that he’s not chasing a rematch with Adesanya, but he most certainly hopes to build up to that level. If he eventually reaches the UFC and they cross paths again, he would relish it, but at this point, he’s focused on taking his career step by step.
The next part of that will come in October with the clash against Ghalab.
“I’ve seen his rise through the UFC and I would be lying if I didn’t say that was somewhat of a motivation for me,” Wilnis said of Adesanya. “But my thoughts on MMA started before him. If I get to the UFC and our paths cross, I would fight him again for sure. However, I am on my own journey, and I would not say fighting him is a particular goal of mine.”