Israel Adesanya Moves Closer to Breaking Anderson Silva’s Record

Published 06/13/2021, 9:37 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: (R-L) Israel Adesanya of New Zealand taunts Anderson Silva of Brazil in their middleweight bout 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)


UFC middleweight superstar Israel Adesanya beat Marvin Vettori in the main event of UFC 263 after a dominant performance. The Nigerian fighter ended all doubts over who the best middleweight in the world was and came back strongly after losing against Jan Blachowicz.

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With this win, Adesanya improved his record to 21-1. He is undefeated at middleweight and has won all of his 10 fights in the UFC. Interestingly, he is starting to get closer to the records of a man that is widely considered the greatest ever to do it in MMA.

Anderson Silva was one of the best fighters in the world alongside Georges St-Pierre when he competed in the UFC. The Brazilian martial artist dominated all of his fights and beat everyone who was thrown at him in the prime of his life. He has victories over Chael Sonnen, Demian Maia, Forrest Griffin, and Vitor Belfort among other legends.

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However, once he got knocked out by Chris Weidman after showboating in their fight, it all went downhill from there. Silva would break his leg in their rematch and will only win one more fight in the UFC against Derek Brunson. He won one fight out of his last nine in the UFC and has since left the organization after recently losing against Uriah Hall in 2020.

However, one of his nine losses was against the man who is destined to break his middleweight record, Israel Adesanya.

Watch this story: UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya’s Journey To The MMA Pinnacle

Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva: A battle between past and the future

Silva and Adesanya fought at UFC 234 in one of the best matches of the event. The fight was awarded fight of the night honors as Anderson Silva brought out some of his vintage moves to keep the fight close. Even though Adesanya did land more strikes in the three-round fight, but Silva showed everyone what he had left in the tank by winning the second round.

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However, the other two rounds were disappointing for the Brazilian as ‘The Last Stylebender pulled away from him in the final round of the fight. Nevertheless, it was a moment that signified the shift from the past to the future, and Adesanya did deliver upon his calling of winning the middleweight title.

Do you think anyone can beat Israel Adesanya?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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