In the prime of his fighting career, Dan Hardy did not back down from hypocrisying a matchup, but he was even a bit bothered by Israel Adesania’s celebrations this past weekend.
Adosanya needed less than two rounds to tackle Paulo Costa and successfully defended their middleweight title at UFC 253 on Saturday, but did not finish the challenger once the bout was stopped. Referee Jason Herzog stepped in to separate the fighters, with Adesanya pretending to have Costa hump from behind and then he went to Costa’s corner and directed an obscene gesture at Costa’s team.
The action was the culmination of months of bad blood and chatter between Adnania and Costa, although it is worth arguing that Adesania must have crossed a line with her behavior. Speaking to the media in a scandal in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, Hardy turned his attention to the situation.
“It was crass, it’s true,” Hardy said. “It was unnecessary and it was crass. It’s not good for the game to see those things, but at the same time we see a lot of superstars who stand out, they make headlines because of what they do. Huh. [Adesanya] In his UFC debut, he was urinating on Octagon. We should not be surprised by these things.
“There is a lot of enmity between these people and we work when we are in these scenarios. When your adrenaline is up, you’ve just won the fight, you’ve got all this energy. How often do you see people doing terrible dances after fights and stuff? I have done it myself You don’t know what you’re saying in the interview because your adrenaline is going, you’re just ‘blllaaaaah’! it happens. Sometimes it’s hard to control yourself in those situations, but that’s when you look at someone that way and you think that way, well, it wasn’t in the spirit of martial arts and actually In this is what we want to see, to represent the game as a whole. But ultimately, these people should be their personal. “
Unexpectedly, Costa’s team has blamed Adanya for celebrating after the fight, with Costa calling her “human trash” and Costa’s manager Walid Ismail saying that Adesanya’s actions were “disgusting”.
Costa Camp is already campaigning for a rematch, which is why Hardy believes it is unlikely to split too many details about what went wrong on Saturday. Hardy has his own theory, with the possibility that the normally fast-finishing Costa may have difficulty developing stamina for a five-round battle. He credited Adesanya for being a difficult puzzle to solve, not unlike middleweight great Anderson Silva.
“If you’re a three-round fighter and you’re fighting more than five rounds, you can’t increase your conditioning by five rounds,” Hardy said. “You just have to manage that energy system. So starting hard and moving fast for three rounds and then fighting when you’re gassed and you’re trying to defend yourself against Adanya is not the smart thing to do. So if I were in the corner of Costa, I would probably say the same thing: Make the first round easy, don’t give too much to search on it, don’t research it too much, don’t give it too much. Find out like this and set you up. But unfortunately I do not think that Costa had an operating system that was able to understand the operating system against Easy what was happening when he was in the pocket.
“You remember when Anderson Silva came into the game, it was kind of witchcraft. He’s there and people just don’t know what to do. We’ve got guys like Chris Leiben who crash further and people Kill, Anderson can’t put his hands on Silva, and is very frustrating about it. When you know you normally close the distance and hurt people very quickly and you can’t touch them . I think it was the 12 attacks that he landed in the total fight. It was just a great performance from Izzy, he ranges so well. It’s a lot like fighting Khabib [Nurmagomedov]. You can’t really understand what his wrestling is like until he gets his hands on it. I think when you stand in front of Israel Adesania, you can’t really understand what it is like as long as it’s there. And when it’s there, it’s too late. “