Luke Rockhold says he’s the only one that can beat Israel Adesanya.
Rockhold Respects Adesanya
Ahead of his return against Paulo Costa at UFC 278, the former UFC Middleweight Champion is keeping an eye on current king Adesanya. Rockhold had a few things to say about Adesanya before his next title defense at UFC 276, which he thinks will be a successful one.
“I think Izzy’s a great champion,” Rockhold told MMA Junkie. “I think he’s a good character. I like Izzy – I’m not going to lie. I want to fight him, for sure. I think he wins this fight.
“I mean, Jared Cannonier throws hard. He could hit a leg in the wrong spot – you never know – or land something wild. But I think Izzy’s range and his dynamicness is going to be too much. Jared can try to take him down, but he doesn’t have enough solid top game to hold him.”
‘I’m The Only One That Can Beat Izzy’
Moving on from Cannonier, Rockhold likes his own chances of beating ‘The Last Stylebender’.
“I think I’m the only one that can beat Izzy. Employ the right tactics, and I’ve got that fight.”
Of course, Rockhold still has a tall task to get past first: Paulo Costa. Should the former champ win in his return, he’ll be a lot closer to his dream fight with Israel Adesanya.