Chris Pratt is not impressed with Israel Adesanya.
This past Saturday, UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya took on Jared Cannonier in the headlining bout of UFC 276. Adesanya cruised his way past the challenger to a dominant victory but only on the scorecards. After an uneventful showing, the anime enthusiast found himself at odds against the Marvel superstar.
Chris Pratt slams Israel Adesanya for UFC 276 performance
Many fans were seen leaving the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, NV as the fight continued. A video of the crowd leaving the arena during the third round of the main event circulated online. The crowd expressed their frustrations at the bout with loud boos during the announcement of the decision.
Chris Pratt joins the growing list of people who were not happy with what they saw. He was in attendance promoting his Amazon Prime series The Terminal List.
During the ESPN UFC 276 post-fight show, Pratt slammed ‘Stylebender’ for not backing up his trash talk.
“Look, I’m going to say this as humbly as I can as a guy who has never stepped into the Octagon. I don’t know this game, I’m just an actor, man. But, I’m not a fan of coming out with all that talk and then putting on a little bit of pitter patter. I’m like ‘Come on, man! Cash on that!’
“You gotta cash that promise of being so bad ass. And I dunno. If I bet with my money, I would have bet Adesanya’d do something like that. But I was hoping to see Cannonier make it.”
Pratt reveals his picks for the night
Prior to the event, Pratt had voiced his support for Jared Cannonier to come out on top of the contest. However, Cannonier didn’t seem to do much damage or really put Adesanya in any real danger. Both men were content with a defensive approach making for an outing with few significant moments.
Pratt was banking on seeing two other fighters win on the night; Sean Strickland, who was knocked out in the first round with a deadly left hook from Alex Pereira, and Max Holloway, who was thoroughly dominated throughout five rounds by the UFC featherweight king Alex Volkanovski.
“My picks are gonna be: I think Adesanya is going to lose to Cannonier — I’m going USA all the way down the board. I like O’Malley, I like Strickland, I like Max Holloway.”
Sean O’Malley’s outing with Pedro Munhoz resulted in a no contest caused by an unintentional eye poke on O’Malley’s part that left Munhoz unable to see from one eye.