Israel Adesanya is not immune to criticism, nor is it willing to take the lion’s share of the blame for its fight against Yoel Romero at UFC 248.
The long-awaited fight for the middleweight title didn’t go as many hoped, to say the least. Adesanya chose his moments to attack while Romero was hesitant with his explosive arsenal of weapons.
The end result was a five-round fight that met with far more hoots than cheers. But finally, Adesanya walked away with the title still wrapped around her waist.
In the days and weeks following the fight, Adesanya saw many fiery comments about her performance that night, not to mention those who believe that Romero actually won. Now Adesanya responds while pointing out the flaws in Romero’s argument that it is somehow his fault that the fight has not been more exciting.
“I was there to fight,” Adesanya told MMA Fighting. “I was there actually attacking, probing, being smart about it. His first chance was when he actually hit my eyeball and sent my eyeball to the back of my head. It was his chance. Everyone could see, “He’s compromised, attack the guy, he’s compromised,” but he stayed there for another two minutes.
“It just showed me that he didn’t want to fight. He just hoped I would make the same mistake twice. I’m not going to make the same mistake twice. It was like he expected me to stand there and get hit. Bro, you stayed there, you forced me to move, I made a mistake. My head is tough, he didn’t let me down. It completely struck me. Didn’t waver. Didn’t shake me. Didn’t shake me. Didn’t let me down. ”
After eating Romero’s best shot, Adesanya adjusted his game plan. Unfortunately, he said Romero had done nothing to change the course of the fight in his favor.
“I thought so, be smart about how you get in next time,” said Adesanya. “Do not enter right away, in the middle, do not tilt to the side before attacking, or make sure your foot is in the right place before attacking so that his left hand is not there. He never landed again during the whole fight, if you notice.
“Look at Anderson Silva in the second round when he kicked me in the eye, and I started to see two Andersons. Anderson started to put pressure, feints, looks, like he was fighting. But a guy who hits you directly in the eye, lands in the first punch in the fight, and he just stands there for another fucking two minutes. It’s so silly. And then the rest of the fight, he just stands there and expects you to do something, and I’m just tagging him. It was just stupid of him. “
While it is not a fight that will end on its highlight reel, Adesanya said he did what he had to do to win. It may not have been the planned knockdown and dragout, but hitting with Romero for 25 minutes would have been the dumbest game plan possible.
“This quarantine would have been zero,” said Romero. “If I went there and fought a smart game plan and did what I did and he beat me with skill, I could sleep at night.
“But if I went there, I made the same mistake twice and did something reckless that made me fall or finish, it would be really hard to sleep at night right now. Because I know that I have compromised myself. ”
As for the reaction he received from the crowd that night and the litany of fans who bombarded him with criticism afterwards, Adesanya is not too worried.
“I don’t give an idea of what these drunkards think about in the crowd, all these fans, quotes, I don’t really give an idea of what they think,” said Adesanya. “I know for myself, I couldn’t sleep with me at night. That is what matters. “