Adesanya Vows to Shut Up the Haters
Some say that Israel Adesanya’s championship victory over Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 was the beginning of his rise to superstardom. Others believe they saw the ‘it factor’ as soon as he made his way into the UFC in February of 2018. No matter the viewpoint, Adesanya is now the UFC’s undisputed Middleweight champion. And, while that feat still leaves some fans skeptical, Adesanya plans on shutting up the haters. One by one, step by step, until his legacy is undeniable.
Putting on an incredible performance against Whittaker set up Adesanya to put the Middleweight division in proper order. Although he’s fresh off the victory, Izzy already knows that a clash with contender Paulo Costa is inevitable. Taunting Costa after his victory certainly aided the UFC’s promotional department. And, Costa has made it very clear that he has ill-intentions when he finally gets to face Adesanya.
UFC 243 Post Fight Press Conference
After UFC 243 ended, Adesanya spoke to the media in the post-fight press conference. As we all know by now, Israel usually needs his trademark shower before he can provide analysis to his body of work in the fight. But, it didn’t take Adesayna long to share how he felt about Costa being next.
Although the bout is nowhere near being set in stone, Israel explained how he liked the matchup against Costa.
“I like that fight (against Paulo Costa),” said Adesanya. “The casuals, they’re dumb. They see a beefed-up beefcake like (Costa) and think ‘That’s the guy.’ I’m still all hype, by the way. Don’t worry, I’m just a hype train. So yeah, they’ll see that and think ‘That’s the guy! That’s the guy!’ They just want to see me lose, but they’re going to be waiting a long time.”
Addressing Paulo Costa
As the conference progressed, Adesanya broke down Costa’s fighting style. Furthermore, he explained why he believes Paulo’s style would fail.
”It’s basic (Costa’s fight style), but that’s not a bad thing,” Izzy said. “Basic is what my s**t is built on. Foundation. I just know how to work off my basics. He doesn’t.”
“Everyone he fights is a punching bag that’s just waiting there to get hit. And I can’t wait till I fight him. I’m not impressed, to be honest. I’m not impressed by your performance.”
Although it’s only been a day since Izzy’s victory, do fans believe that Costa should be next in line? Or, should the UFC go another route with Adesanya plans?
If the matchup is against Costa, who do you favor?
Let us know in the comments below.