Michael Bisping Calls Israel Adesanya ‘The New Anderson Silva’

Published 05/28/2021, 2:10 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 Hall of Famer Michael Bisping spoke to Helen Yee and commented on the current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Bisping, who was the divisional champion prior to his loss to Georges St-Pierre, has an affinity for the 185-pound weight class. Israel Adesanya has captured everyone’s attention with his flashy fighting style, and Bisping is no exception.

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Michael Bisping commented on Israel Adesanya’s evolution as a championship fighter and the improvement he’s made in his game. ‘The Count’ attributed Adesanya’s confidence to the fact that his striking has been a step above his opponents. The UFC commentator also labeled Adesanya as the new age Anderson Silva.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 05: Michael Bisping looks on as he is inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame during the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Induction Ceremony inside The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Adesanya has improved. I think he’s really filled those shoes as champion if you will. He’s got the swag. We know he’s so confident, but he’s confident for a reason. He’s confident because his striking is some of the best we’ve ever seen in the UFC.”

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“He’s the new Anderson Silva, he doesn’t like that, but still, the way Anderson Silva wowed people back in the day, Adesanya has the capability to do that. He is a tremendous fighter, he’s wiped out the division, and he’s already beaten Marvin once so it would be disrespectful to say that he can’t do that again.”

Israel Adesanya is all set to defend his belt at UFC 263

Despite coming off a loss in his last fight for the light heavyweight strap, Israel Adesanya retained his middleweight championship. ‘The Last Stylebender’, who is undefeated in the weight class, has bested Paulo Costa, Yoel Romero, and Robert Whittaker. Now, he’s gearing up for yet another title defense at UFC 263 against Marvin Vettori.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after his knockout victory over Robert Whittaker of New Zealand in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 243 event at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Bisping’s assessment of Adesanya’s skill set is meaningful, especially since he’s gone to war against Anderson Silva for five rounds. Not to mention, Adesanya has already fought ‘The Spider’ in what was an exciting striking showcase. The Nigerian-born champion will be keen to put his skills on display and dismantle Vettori at UFC 263.

Both men have faced each other in the past, and the champion won’t be looking to win by split decision the second time around.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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