Israel Adesania is becoming one of the most popular fighters on the UFC roster today. But with additional risks and unforgettable results inside the Octagon, the UFC middleweight champion is setting a big target on his back.
While most fighters will be overwhelmed with the extra attention “Last Stylebender” enjoys it all. From his public space with John Jones to his ongoing rivalry with Paulo Costa, Adesanya has a lot of enemies in the game right now.
Surprisingly, Adanya has also included former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman on the list. The two exchanged a quick back-and-forth on social media last weekend, calling Adesanya “weird”. It was interesting to see.
“It was a little weird for me, but I’ve already understood that”, Adesanya told MMA Junki. “I thought I was going to take him out. Let him bring his double leg, let him fetch one of his feet, let him try and force me to the fence. He is not going to strike with me. Strike with me – the one thing that is good for him is, one thing he told Anderson Silva before, at the wait-ins, he looked her dead in the eyes and said, ‘I’m not afraid of you. I’m not afraid of you ‘He said over and over her; I remember that.”
Although Adesanya vs. Weidman is an interesting matchup to think of at 185 pounds, especially given Weedman’s battling acuity, this is not a fight that fans should count on immediately. Edsenia is too busy plotting his superfight with Jones and a possible confrontation with the winner of Robert Whitaker vs. Jared Canyoners, while Weidman tries to re-establish himself in the middleweight division.
Ultimately, Weideman fought a losing two-fight with a unanimous win over Omari Akhamedov last August. This was Weidman’s first win at 185 pounds, overtaking Calvin Gastelum in 2017.
“I told him, ‘I am anxious to fight you one day,’ because I really thought he would be at the helm for some time, but he is unfortunately not doing well lately,” said Adesanya . “Not that he can’t come back. Look at Jan Blachowicz; he came back and now he’s the champion. But yeah, I’m just saying, I’ve studied these moms (aptives), they think it’s Is an (exploitative) game.
“Weidman is already done. If it happens then this fight will end in the first round, but you have to win some first, brother. A few wins ago, yes. “
Adanya, who was 8–0 ahead in the UFC competition, is making a terrific performance in front of Costa in UFC 253. “Last Stylebender” finished the Brazilian knockout performer through a second-round TKO and barely touched. He also performed in front of over 700,000 PPV watchers.
Do you say crazy? Will Edesanya melt Vedaman in the first round?
Come hear it!