Adesanya Displays Master Performance and Showmanship
Israel Adesanya’s masterful performance at UFC 243 was incredible to witness. Many high-level fighters can succeed at performing inside the cage. But, what makes Adesanya different in the commanding display he can also offer outside the cage. The rowdy record-breaking crowd of 57,127 fans at Marvel Stadium also got to witness one of the greatest entrances in UFC history.
Adesanya is the ultimate showman. At the top level of MMA, it’s very rare for someone to possess the trifecta formula necessary to become a superstar. Personality, elite skill, and consistency are hard to find in a single athlete. But, at UFC 243, Izzy displayed all three.
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During the UFC 243 post-fight press conference, Adesanya explained his entrance, his haters, and his octagon performance. Also, he made sure to pay respect to his opponent Robert Whittaker, stating he was one of his toughest tests.
UFC 243 Post-Fight Presser
Media asked Israel about his entrance and what inspired the grandioso performance. Adesanya explained his motivations for the production.
I saw some you in here as well, ‘This a**hole, look at him. Thinks he’s the f**king man. I hope he loses. I hope he gets flatlined.’ ‘Cause that’s just that—It’s ingrained in us,” said Adesanya.”
“It’s this tall poppy syndrome, it’s this jealousy that when you see someone shining you feel like it takes away from your own shine. Look, I can’t dim my shine just because some people feel uncomfortable. Everything went full circle tonight.”
Explaining the Entrance
He further explained how the dancers featured in the choreography were his friends. Setting the tone was important in order for Adesanya to perform. Performing for the massive crowd was important for Adesanya as he listed the audience and headlining the event as the top reasons.
“This is my show, I’m headlining this b***h, so I was like, no, I’m gonna do it my way or no way. Who else, on this kind of stage is gonna do that before they go and whup some a**? I think James Te Huna’s the only one that’s ever done it from what I can remember with the Men in Black intro and Anderson Silva did it in Pride with his Michael Jackson s**t,” said Izzy.
Next For Adesanya
The 243 entrance was one to remember. However, the performance against Robert Whittaker will go down as one of the best Middleweight title fight accomplishments ever. This is impressive considering the division was ruled for nearly a decade by Anderson Silva.
Expect a level of showmanship that accompanies an elite skillset for a long time to come. As long as Adesanya’s performances in the cage are elite, expect to see much more entertainment delivered by the showman known as The Last Stylebender.