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Yoel Romero Has A Trick Question For Israel Adesanya

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, considers himself to be the best middleweight in the world after disposing of ex-champion Anderson Silva back in February.

Not everyone agrees.

As most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans would attest, it’s hard to claim total supremacy without first defeating the division champion. And even if Adesanya is able to overthrow Robert Whittaker in September, No. 1-ranked Yoel Romero remains in his rearview mirror.

Romero (13-3) was expected to make his Octagon return at the upcoming UFC event in Ft. Lauderdale; however, an untimely bout with pneumonia booted him from his Ronaldo Souza rematch and left him sidelined until further notice.

Adesanya (17-0), meanwhile, is going to fight “The Reaper” in a middleweight title unification bout later this year, thanks to a thrilling, five-round unanimous decision win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 last weekend in Atlanta (watch it).

Maybe we can resurrect this bout while we wait?

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Adesanya Opens As Betting Underdog Against Whittaker

Coming into his UFC 236 interim middleweight championship showdown against Kelvin Gastelum, undefeated striking sensation Israel Adesanya had a commanding nine-inch reach advantage over the former welterweight, as well as another five inches in height.

It still took him all five rounds to capture a unanimous decision win.

In addition, “The Last Stylebender” was rocked pretty badly in the fourth frame and may have been saved by the stupidity of Gastelum, who opted for an ill-timed takedown over further punishment on the feet.

Perhaps that’s why BetOnline has Adesanya as the +140 underdog for his upcoming title unification bout against current champion Robert Whittaker, the -160 favorite, for a September showdown predicated on the health of “The Reaper.”

Whittaker has been sidelined by wonky intestines after his UFC 234 main event fell apart back in February. The champion is no stranger to health issues, but once inside the cage, is damn-near impervious, having survived 10 rounds against the bludgeoning power of Yoel Romero.

So, now that you’ve got the opening lines, who’s ready to cash in?

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Dana White ‘Would Love to See’ Adesanya Fight Jon Jones

Adesanya wasn’t taking questions about Jon Jones last night, but the UFC president was

Israel Adesanya won the UFC interim middleweight belt last night at UFC 236 in a historic Fight of the Year candidate with Kelvin Gastelum (watch the highlights!). The flashy striker has proven he has endless heart. Afterwards, Adesanya brushed away questions about Jon Jones, saying “This is about me. None of that. This is about me and Kelvin. I’ll address that another time.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t seem to like not being the center of attention. In quick succession this morning, he tweeted,

Just waking up to the morning news, this is about you now bitch

Everybody else [hang loose emoji] Have the best day today

This wasn’t the first shade Jones has thrown Adesanya’s way. He had posted about the Nigerian-born New Zealander before the bout, responding to Israel’s assertions that Jones is smart enough to worry about him. After the fight, he was critical of Israel’s performance, retweeting someone else’s analysis that Israel is not ready for Jones yet.

Well said, my man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen

When someone pointed out this was also a criticism of Gastelum’s abilities, Jones said that he was impressed Gastelum almost beat Adesanya without throwing a single kick. (The only sequence in the fight where Kelvin visibly rocked Israel started with Gastelum’s head kick)

That wasn’t my intention, nothing but respect for Kelvin. Dude Almost beat a kickboxer without throwing a single kick

Jones then woke up in the morning and apparently saw Israel dismissing the question about him. It isn’t clear what ‘This is about you now bitch’ means in this context. Jones isn’t about to drop to middleweight, and Adesanya has a massive title unification bout ahead of him against the great Robert Whittaker. Still, if the Last Stylebender does get past Whittaker, Dana White said he would be interested in seeing a superfight between the two 6’4” phenoms. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now,” White said. “Whittaker is a bad dude. He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.

“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight. But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title. If (Ronald) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) keeps winning and doesn’t get a title fight, that guy might kill me.

“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”

The undefeated Adesanya walks around considerably lighter than Jones, and we saw in the main event last night how a power disparity can affect a fight. The difference in size was the main problem MMA Mania analyst Andrew Richardson brought up when I posed Adesanya as a potential future opponent for Jones.

Still, the possibility remains, and we will no doubt hear more about it in the days ahead.

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Dana White ‘Would Love to See’ Adesanya Fight Jon Jones

Adesanya wasn’t taking questions about Jon Jones last night, but the UFC president was

Israel Adesanya won the UFC interim middleweight belt last night at UFC 236 in a historic Fight of the Year candidate with Kelvin Gastelum (watch the highlights!). The flashy striker has proven he has endless heart. Afterwards, Adesanya brushed away questions about Jon Jones, saying “This is about me. None of that. This is about me and Kelvin. I’ll address that another time.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t seem to like not being the center of attention. In quick succession this morning, he tweeted,

Just waking up to the morning news, this is about you now bitch

Everybody else [hang loose emoji] Have the best day today

This wasn’t the first shade Jones has thrown Adesanya’s way. He had posted about the Nigerian-born New Zealander before the bout, responding to Israel’s assertions that Jones is smart enough to worry about him. After the fight, he was critical of Israel’s performance, retweeting someone else’s analysis that Israel is not ready for Jones yet.

Well said, my man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen

When someone pointed out this was also a criticism of Gastelum’s abilities, Jones said that he was impressed Gastelum almost beat Adesanya without throwing a single kick. (The only sequence in the fight where Kelvin visibly rocked Israel started with Gastelum’s head kick)

That wasn’t my intention, nothing but respect for Kelvin. Dude Almost beat a kickboxer without throwing a single kick

Jones then woke up in the morning and apparently saw Israel dismissing the question about him. It isn’t clear what ‘This is about you now bitch’ means in this context. Jones isn’t about to drop to middleweight, and Adesanya has a massive title unification bout ahead of him against the great Robert Whittaker. Still, if the Last Stylebender does get past Whittaker, Dana White said he would be interested in seeing a superfight between the two 6’4” phenoms. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now,” White said. “Whittaker is a bad dude. He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.

“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight. But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title. If (Ronald) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) keeps winning and doesn’t get a title fight, that guy might kill me.

“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”

The undefeated Adesanya walks around considerably lighter than Jones, and we saw in the main event last night how a power disparity can affect a fight. The difference in size was the main problem MMA Mania analyst Andrew Richardson brought up when I posed Adesanya as a potential future opponent for Jones.

Still, the possibility remains, and we will no doubt hear more about it in the days ahead.

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Midnight Mania! Whittaker: Adesanya Not ‘As Good As He Thinks He Is’

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UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker thinks Israel Adesanya will beat Kelvin Gastelum, but he doesn’t think the Nigerian-born New Zealander is all he is cracked up to be. His criticisms have some depth, too. Via BloodyElbow.com:

“I think that Adesanya isn’t as good as he thinks he is,” Whittaker said on his own podcast, Grange TV (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “I think he’s very good – very, very good – and I have a lot of respect for his skillset, 100 percent. He’s a dangerous guy. But I don’t think the pedestal that he’s on is as high as everyone else thinks it is, as he thinks it is. I think his fight with Anderson Silva was the first time his stand-up capabilities were put to the test with someone with similar stand-up capabilities. . .

“I don’t think Adesanya’s striking is as good as he believes. it is. It’s very good. I’m not saying his striking is bad, it’s very, very good – but I just don’t think it’s as good as he thinks it is. The times Adesanya’s looked very good is against people that don’t have the greatest striking.”

Adesanya beat Anderson Silva over three rounds in the main event of UFC 234, after Whittaker was forced into emergency surgery on the day of his scheduled headliner against Kelvin Gastelum. Silva had some moments of success in the fight, particularly with his left hook, though overall Adesanya won comfortably.

While “The Last Stylebender” has a legitimately world-class kickboxing resume, perhaps the best in MMA right now, Whittaker was quick to note there are significant differences between kickboxing and striking in MMA.

“We’re not kickboxing,” Whittaker said. “The difference in striking in the Octagon as opposed to the ring is night and day. Comparing the two isn’t applicable. Yes, he can take a lot of the skillsets over and they’re very transferable, but it’s not the same. It’s not the same.

He used his own most dangerous opponent, Yoel Romero, in contrast to the challenge Adesanya presents.

“Having very high technical skills in striking, isn’t the same as being a very dangerous striker. If you were to look at Romero, he is not technically great at stand-up. He’s not known for his technical grace with his standup, [but] most of his wins have been knockouts. He hits very hard. He hits like a truck. He’s a dangerous striker. He would have to be one of the most dangerous strikers in the world. Most of his wins come by knockout standing up – punches, flying knees – he’s a very, very dangerous striker but you can’t say he’s super technical, because he’s not.

“Adesanya is dangerous and technical, but he’s not the same as Romero. He’s not super, super dangerous.”

After his abdominal surgery, Whittaker is looking to face the winner of Adesanya’s clash with Gastelum at UFC 236, who will be the interim champion, relatively quickly.

“I’m looking to fight the winner of that,” he said. ”I guess, in terms of timelines and dates, it will be a month – two or three months after that. Three months maximum, one month minimum. That’s the kind of timeline I’m looking for.”


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I would rather Jose Aldo not get the chance to snuff out the division’s most promising contender, but Alex Volkanovski would be a cracking fight nonetheless.

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Congresswoman Sharice Davids holds a win over current UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff, yet somehow she wasn’t picked for The Ultimate Fighter. Things seem to have worked out for her, though!

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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Adesanya: Weidman’s ‘Overrated,’ Costa’s A ‘Juice Monkey’

Israel Adesanya earned his his sixteenth straight win last Saturday night (Feb. 9, 2019) to remain undefeated (16-0, 5-0 UFC) in his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career after outlasting Anderson Silva in the UFC 234 main event (highlights).

In doing so, “The Last Stylebender” set himself up nicely to get the next title shot at Middleweight, which will come against either division king Robert Whittaker or Kelvin Gastelum, once they eventually handle their business, of course.

A couple of 185-pounders, though, weren’t too impressed with Adesanya, as former division champion Chris Weidman labeled the striker “overrated,” while Paulo Costa threatened to end the “scrawny clown’s” momentum in under two rounds.

Appearing on The MMA Hour, Israel responded to both men.

“Chris Weidman, I’m overrated, but why? Because he beat Silva a little more handily than me? Overrated? Interesting. I can say the same thing about him, heavily,” said Israel. “When I get this belt in my next fight, they can all line up and they can find out how overrated I am. Chris Weidman, that’s his opinion. But, I don’t have to pay attention. But, overrated is interesting.”

As far as Costa is concerned, “The Last Stylebender” took aim at his fighting style and physique.

“Now, the juice monkey Paula. Paula, a bitch. What did he say? See, the fight between me and Silva was physical chess on the highest level of striking. If you’re not about footwork, man, it was beautiful to watch,” said Israel. “A guy like Paula, he’s a walking punching bag. He’s juiced up, blown up and throws body shots heavy, heavy. Bring that ass over here and I will test him.”

“Uriah Hall was jabbing him up, how the fuck is he going to hit me with those T-Rex arms? If I’m behind those jabs, things that follow up will be much, much different. A guy like that should just focus on what he gots next in Yoel Romero,” he added.

To hear Israel tell it, Weidman and Paulo are putting in their two cents simply to try and steal a little bit of his shine.

“Let them talk. They are just trying to get some shine because I’m in the spotlight and I don’t give a fuck about what they’re doing. I’m here living my best life,” he concluded. Israel’s best life will soon include a world title fight.

Though it could be a while before he gets the chance to accomplish that goal.

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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