‘Claressa Shields Got More O**ries Than a Lot of You Boxers Have B**ls’- Israel Adesanya Praises Claressa Shields for Venturing Into MMA

Published 12/30/2021, 11:12 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: Israel Adesanya of New Zealand stands in his corner prior to his middleweight bout against Anderson Silva of Brazil during the UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10, 2019 in the Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Israel Adesanya is one of the most talented fighters on the roster right now. The Nigerian has absolutely dominated the middleweight division and has beaten some of the top fighters in the UFC.

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Adesanya is an absolute fan-favorite. many admire him for his skill in the octagon and his attitude outside of it. He is extremely humble and is also very interactive with his fans. Israel also has his own YouTube channel where he interacts with fans and shares his ideas on current events in the UFC. He also shares glimpses of his life outside the sport.

In his recent upload, Israel Adesanya showed the fans a glimpse of his training camp for his impending fight at UFC 271. As of December 2021, Adesanya stands third in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound category.

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In the video, he spoke about his skills as a kickboxer and a grappler and how he became a mixed martial artist instead of trying to find success as a professional boxer.

He said,” People don’t understand. How do you think I’m a f**king world champion with just one discipline? F**k no. I know how to fight. I could have been a f**king boxer done the whole f**king blueprint like I said. Same as in kickboxing, fight some bombs. But I humbled myself and I realized I want to be a full-fledged fighter. So I humble myself and I learn.

“One thing, Claressa Shields got more o**ries than a lot of you boxers have b**ls. Cause she actually humbled herself as well and ventured into real fighting(MMA). So yeah, I’m a grappler, a wrestler, of course,” he added.

What’s next for Israel Adesanya?

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Adesanya will take on the number one middleweight contender, Robert Whittaker, at UFC 271, in February 2022. This will mark the Nigerian’s fifth title defense.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: The referee stops the bout between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

This will not be the first time Robert Whittaker will share the octagon with ‘The Last Style bender’.

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Adesanya took on Whittaker at UFC 243 to unify his Middleweight title. Robert Whittaker lost the fight following a second-round KO.

Do you think Adesanya will beat Whittaker again? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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