“Controlling Time and Space”: Jared Cannonier Compares UFC Champion Israel Adesanya to Doctor Strange

Published 06/22/2022, 2:47 AM EDT
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)

Jared Cannonier is all set to face UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 276. Cannonier, who is coming off two recent wins, will challenge ‘The Last Stylebender’ for the title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Hence, when ‘The Killa Gorilla’ spoke about how the champion fights.

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On ‘Submission Radio’, Cannonier said, “His footwork is like into a wrestler’s takedown. As the ability to control where the fight is going to take place. And his takedown defense.”

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The UFC middleweight title challenger had an interesting take on Adesanya’s fight techniques. He said, “He’s been really good at using space to his advantage. Controlling time and space. Doctor Strange over here.”

“I just watched that movie yesterday.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria poses on the scale during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Thus, it looks like Cannonier has spent adequate time dissecting ‘The Last Stylebender’ and the way he fights.

With ‘The Killa Gorilla’ having ten wins via T/KO, it would be interesting to see what strategy he uses against Adesanya. After all, ‘Izzy’ has an elusive style and is quite difficult to hit inside the Octagon. His only professional MMA loss has been against Jan Blachowicz in the light heavyweight division.

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Izzy‘ is a great kick-boxer; his fights so far attest to this. However, Cannonier, too, is a great striker. Despite his own striking abilities, the challenger knows he will need to be ‘multi-dimensional’ in order to defeat the champion.

As a result, it would be interesting to see if their UFC 276 fight goes to the ground.

Does UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya wrestle?

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Adesanya is primarily a striker and, hence, fans have not had the opportunity to see him wrestle. However, he has a great takedown defense. Ahead of his rematch against Robert Whittaker at UFC 271, the Nigerian-born athlete was seen practicing some grappling techniques.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 12: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria kicks Robert Whittaker of Australia in their middleweight championship fight during UFC 271 at Toyota Center on February 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Thus, with ‘Izzy’ striving to work on his grappling and Cannonier believing he needs to be multi-dimensional, fans could get the opportunity to see Adesanya and Cannonier wrestle for a bit.

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What do you think about Jared Cannonier’s comments on Adesanya’s way of fighting? Do you think he will be the one to defeat Adesanya at 185 lbs? Let us know in the comments section.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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