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.
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.
“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.”
‘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.
“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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