“I’m the Runt”- Israel Adesanya Reveals the Qualities That Differentiate Him From Kamaru Usman and Francis Ngannou

Published 02/23/2022, 8:16 AM EST

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As the UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has dominated the division. His recent win against Robert Whittaker shows the command he has over MMA. However, he thinks that he isn’t a ‘genetic specimen’ like Francis Ngannou and Kamaru Usman. Instead, according to him, he had to work extremely hard to achieve his goals.

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The fighter has defended his title a few times and looked good while doing so. In a new interview with Sky Sports, ‘The Last Stylebender’ shared his thoughts on African fighters. He also spoke about how Africans could take over MMA.

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Adesanya said, “They see us representing on the world stage and realize like ‘man, this isn’t the only way, it is also this way’, you know when you want to excel in sports. … Once they grasp MMA, our people are just different. Like I’m the runt. You look at Francis and Kamaru, they’re built differently to me because they’re the picks of the litter. I’m a runt. I had to work like hard to get to where I’m at.”

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“There’s so many of them just literally around. Just literally around, just genetic specimens. So once those guys grasp it, it’s over for the rest of the world.”

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With three Africans as champions at the UFC, Adesanya’s words seem quite fair. Ngannou, Usman, and Adesanya seem to be holding tightly onto their thrones.

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After a good victory against Whittaker at UFC 271, Adesanya seems to have his next opponent in mind. In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, he revealed that Jared Cannonier is next.

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Cannonier too had a smashing win at UFC 271 against Derek Brunson. Hence, it is only right for him to get a shot at the title.

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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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