“Being Undefeated is Just a Title”- Israel Adesanya

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November 11, 2020 8:11 am

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya spoke to MMA Junkie as he settles in for a two-week mandatory quarantine stay. ‘The Last Stylebender’ came out to corner his teammate Carlos Ulberg, who won the night on ‘Dana White’s Contender Series’. Before Israel departed the country, he provided fans with his candid viewpoints on several aspects of the sport.

Israel Adesanya is riding high off his most recent title defense that took place at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi. He obliterated Paulo Costa, who wasn’t able to impose his pressuring game plan on the undisputed champion. Moreover, several counter hooks from hell swiftly sent the Brazilian title challenger straight to the canvas.

Israel Adesanya opens up on being undefeated

The City Kickboxing star gave a thorough breakdown of what it means to have a ‘0’ on your professional MMA record. Chiefly, Adesanya is one of the select few fighters who has reached that championship level in MMA without suffering a loss. Not to mention, he’s been consistently competing at the highest level of the sport.

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 13: Israel Adesanya reacts after defeating Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision in their interim middleweight championship bout during the UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“It’s just another one of those things that people try to put on you. Like bro, I’ve had losses in my past but never really changed who I am. Never really changed the fact that I’m a great fighter. All the greats have had losses.”

I’m a hard man to beat

‘The Last Stylebender’ explained that he’s had challenging days in the gym, however, his performance on fight night is fine-tuned. Adesanya has endeared himself to fans throughout his career, given the candid nature with which he relays information.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Israel Adesanya of Nigerian is interviewed after defeating Paulo Costa of Brazil in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

“Every time I’ve had a loss I’ve always come back and knocked someone out. Being undefeated is just a title. It’s just another one of those titles that people try to hold up like it’s something but I mean, you should see me in the gym. Some days I get my licks, so I know I can be beat. When it’s under the lights on the biggest stage and I’m having fun…bruh, I’m a hard man to beat. I’m just gonna this out the way I’ve been riding this out, so yeah stay tuned.”

The 20-0 fighter knows he has more ways to go in the sport, and he has several accomplishments yet to snag. What’s more, his mentality for not giving much consideration towards an undefeated record has seemingly helped him perform freely in the cage.

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Darryl Pinto

Darryl Pinto is an MMA and boxing author for EssentiallySports. His love for combat sports began when Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen fought back at UFC 117 in an epic clash. He has competed in collegiate MMA tournaments as an amateur. Darryl is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mass Media from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai.

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