Israel Adesanya is emerging as one of the most popular fighters on the UFC roster today. But with additional exposure and unforgettable results inside the Octagon, the UFC middleweight champion is putting a big target on his back.
While most fighters would be overwhelmed by the extra attention, “Last Stylebender” seems to be enjoying it all. From his public row with Jon Jones to his ongoing feud with Paulo Costa, Adesanya has a lot of enemies in the game right now.
Surprisingly, Adesanya also added former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman to the list. Last weekend the two had a quick social media exchange that Adesanya called “weird.” It was interesting to watch.
“It was a little weird for me, but I figured it out already,” Adesanya told MMA Junkie. “I figured out how I’m going to get him out. Let him bring his double leg, let him bring his single leg, let him try to force me to the fence. He’s not going to hit me. Come strike with me – one thing he got good going for is, one thing he said before knocking Anderson Silva out, at the weigh-in he looked him dead in the eye and said, “I don’t am not afraid of you. I’m not afraid of you. He told her that over and over again; I remember that. “
While Adesanya vs. Weidman is an interesting 185-pound match to think about, especially given Weidman’s fighting acumen, it’s not a fight fans should be counting on right away. Adesanya is too busy planning his superfight with Jones and a potential clash with winner Robert Whittaker against Jared Cannonier, as Weidman tries to recover in the middleweight division.
After all, Weidman has just ended a two-game losing streak with a unanimous decision victory over Omari Akhmedov last August. It was Weidman’s first victory at 185 pounds since choking Kelvin Gastelum in 2017.
“I told him, ‘I can’t wait to beat you someday,’ because I actually thought he would be at the top for a while, but unfortunately he’s not been doing well lately,” Adesanya said. “Not that he can’t come back. Look at Jan Blachowicz; he’s come back and now he’s the champion. But yeah I’m just saying, I studied these mothers (swear words), they think it’s a game (explosive).
“Weidman has already finished. This fight will end in the first round if that happens, but you have to get some wins first, my brother. A few wins first, yes.
Adesanya, who is 8-0 in UFC competition, just put on a spectacular performance against Costa at UFC 253. “Last Stylebender” finished the Brazilian knockout artist via second-round TKO and a hardly touched. He also did it in front of over 700,000 PPV spectators.
What are you saying, Maniacs? Would Adesanya melt Weidman in the first round?
Let’s hear it!