If you know one thing about MMA fans, they are extreme and incredibly fickle. And you know if UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya loses at UFC 281, he will become extremely overrated, and his legacy will mean nothing.
Come on; you can already hear it.
UFC analyst and broadcaster Joe Rogan doesn’t think Adesanya’s legacy will be tarnished. In a recent episode with filmmaker Will Harris, Rogan explained.
“No, [it doesn’t do anything to his legacy] he’s a human being. You can’t take away from what he’s done because what he’s done is spectacular,” Rogan said. “I mean, look at what he did to Paulo Costa. Paulo Costa was running through everybody, he walked down Yoel Romero. And Izzy just lit him on fire. Just lit them on fire. He never even had a chance in that fight. He was just getting outclassed.”
“I think the Izzy of today is very different than the Izzy that fought [Alex] Pereira twice. Both fighters are different. He’s different now. He’s better. He’s way better. And the thing about that fight that’s so intriguing is that he has five round experience of championship-level experience. He’s got a big moment experience. He’s got all these things. But Pereira has got that power. Everybody gets hit…That left hook is ridiculous, man. The one he hit [Sean] Strickland with.”
Rogan has a point, as Adesanya has already left his mark on the UFC.
“The Last Stylebender” will be looking to defend his middleweight title for the sixth time, and he takes on potentially his most prominent rival at UFC 281.
Pereira and Adesanya have a history, fighting twice in kickboxing. Pereira defeated Adesanya both times, brutally knocking him out in their second meeting. Since then, Pereira has successfully transitioned into MMA, rising up the middleweight ranks quickly.
Adesanya will look to exact his revenge on November 12 from the iconic Madison Square Garden.