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Adesanya Will Style On Silva Once ‘Spider’ Makes UFC Return

After Paulo Costa demolished Uriah Hall at the UFC 226 pay-per-view (PPV) event earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, fantasy matchmakers were already calling for a showdown against Israel Adesanya, fresh off his unanimous decision win over Brad Tavares at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27 Finale.

Unfortunately “The Eraser” never heard of Adesanya and instead called out Chris Weidman.

That’s just fine with “The Last Stylebender,” who will now set his sights on former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, once “The Spider” returns from his drug-test suspension in November.

“Yo for real…no bullshit, if not for Anderson Silva I wouldn’t have looked at fighting from a different perspective,” Adesanya wrote on Instagram. “I was under the impression you gotta look like [Paulo Costa] to be a fighter. ‘The Spider’ been fucking up muscled up beefcakes since ages ago as a lean aerodynamic man. Just cuz I’m a fan don’t mean you can’t catch these hands…and feets. So yes I am down…will do it fih di culture of fighting!”

Hopefully the Brazilian isn’t too busy dreaming about this fight to notice.

Adesanya (14-0) remains undefeated in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career after a stellar run on the kickboxing circuit. While his wins have been impressive, “The Last Stylebender” has yet to face the upper echelon of the division.

As for Silva (34-8, 1 NC), he’s now 43 years old and has just one victory over the last five years, a controversial decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208. What’s left in “The Spider’s” tank remains to be seen.

This potential match up doing anything for ya’?

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Brad Tavares Withdraws from Israel Adesanya Fight, Thiago Santos Offers to Step In

The main event of “The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale” is set to change, as Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight contender Brad Tavares will be forced to withdraw due to injury.
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Brad Tavares Withdraws from Israel Adesanya Fight, Thiago Santos Offers to Step In

The main event of “The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale” is set to change, as Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight contender Brad Tavares will be forced to withdraw due to injury.
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Israel Adesanya Not Happy with Split-Decision Triumph Over Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29

Israel Adesanya generated a fair amount of hype with a technical knockout win over Rob Wilkinson in his Octagon debut in February, but his sophomore outing showed he is still very much a work in progress.
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Israel Adesanya Not Happy with Split-Decision Triumph Over Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29

Israel Adesanya generated a fair amount of hype with a technical knockout win over Rob Wilkinson in his Octagon debut in February, but his sophomore outing showed he is still very much a work in progress.
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Israel Adesanya Not Happy with Split-Decision Triumph Over Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29

Israel Adesanya generated a fair amount of hype with a technical knockout win over Rob Wilkinson in his Octagon debut in February, but his sophomore outing showed he is still very much a work in progress.
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Israel Adesanya Not Happy with Split-Decision Triumph Over Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox 29

Israel Adesanya generated a fair amount of hype with a technical knockout win over Rob Wilkinson in his Octagon debut in February, but his sophomore outing showed he is still very much a work in progress.
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‘Dark Lord’ Adesanya Warns All Middleweights: ‘If They Say My Name, They Might Get The Power’

Israel Adesanya might just be the next big star that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is looking for.

The 28-year-old former professional kickboxer made good on his Octagon arrival earlier this month when he flattened middleweight Rob Wilkinson via second-round TKO at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia. It was a spectacular finish for “Last Stylebender,” especially considering the hype that surrounded his UFC debut.

Now that Adesanya is in place to make a name for himself within the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the world, he’s making it known that he’s willing to fight any middleweight UFC puts in front of him.

“I’ll fight anyone, anyone in the world,” Adesanya told MMAjunkie following his victory over Wilkinson at UFC 221. “I’ve never really had my fights cherry-picked. A lot of these guys will get into the UFC or even combat sports, like boxing or kickboxing, they get their fights cherry-picked. Not me. All my fights were fighting the best people from different parts of the planet.

“Now I’m in the UFC, people are like, ‘Feed him some cans first or get him a top 10.’ I don’t really care. Either one is a fight for me. Whomever I fight, my pay check is still the same. And I’m getting bonuses in all the rest of my fights.”

While Adesanya possesses promising skill inside of the cage, evident by his 12-0 professional MMA record and 50-5 record as a pro kickboxer, the Nigerian native is just as effective on the microphone. He’s confident, charismatic, and capable of turning out some pretty memorable sound bites (like this UFC 221 post-fight interview). It’s something that’s going to fuel Adesanya’s promotional ascension heading into the second half of 2018.

“No one’s really calling me out or saying anything yet,” Adesanya said. “I know these boys, they’re just treating me like the Dark Lord – he who shall not be named. They feel like if they say my name, they might get the power. Or maybe they’re scared. I don’t really care.

“All I know is I’m working. If you want to beat me, you better do it yesterday, because every f*cking day, I’m getting better.”

Adesanya has a lot of work to do if he’s ever going to climb the 185-pound ladder and threaten for UFC gold, but the “Last Stylebender” is confident that he’s as good as advertised.

“I’ve been there for a long time, you guys are just late to the party,” Adesanya said.

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UFC 221 Bonuses: Matthews, Li, Adesanya, ‘Formiga’ Receive $50K Awards

Jake Matthews, Jingliang Li, Israel Adesanya and Jussier da Silva were the recipients of $ 50,000 post-fight bonuses at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia, on Saturday night.
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UFC 221 Bonuses: Matthews, Li, Adesanya, ‘Formiga’ Receive $50K Awards

Jake Matthews, Jingliang Li, Israel Adesanya and Jussier da Silva were the recipients of $ 50,000 post-fight bonuses at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia, on Saturday night.
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