The former professional kickboxer and undefeated middleweight Israel Adesanya creates firework in his UFC debut where he put a bloody end to Australian finisher Rob Wilkinson via second-round TKO at UFC 221 on Sat., Feb. 10, 2018. Adesanya more than lived up to the hype in his debut, extending that remarkable record to put the division on notice.
Israel Adesanya will make his second UFC Octagon return against Marvin Vettori this (Sat., April 14, 2018) at UFC on FOX 29 from inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. “The last Stylebender” have a chance to steal the show on Saturday night to improve his stock in the middleweight division.
Adesanya who has been getting a lot of attention before his fights and his style has been compared to former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones due to his reach and kicking and even with Anderson Silva. While speaking at UFC on FOX 29’s media day, Adesanya dismissed the comparison with Jones, instead of looking to forge his own legacy: (Quotes Via MMAMania)
“For me, it’s not about Jon Jones,” Adesanya said. “It’s just, I mean, I feel like it’s disrespectful to compare me or what I’ve done throughout my career to someone else – whether it be Anderson (Silva), Conor (McGregor), Chael (Sonnen), whoever. I just feel I’m not the next blah blah blah. I’m the first me, and the one and only me. So people need to get used to it.
“The comparison’s cool, but it’s not really cool.”
Despite his growing popularity, Adesanya made it clear that don’t expect anything from me.
“Don’t expect anything from me in life, Expect the unexpected, because a lot of people might be expecting like, ‘He’s gonna do this, he’s gonna try and do that, he’s gonna be this guy.’ But I’m me, you know?
“I might be feeling different on that day. I might be dark on that day. I might not even talk. I might just chill, or I might be real bubbly. I might give you guys a whole song and dance and everything. But, yeah, just expect the unexpected. Always expect me to bring my best when I’m in that cage.”
Adesanya has a chance to extend his win streak to 13 against Vettori this weekend at UFC on FOX 29.
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