“I Have Been Betrayed Before”: Israel Adesanya Sends a Warning

Published 03/03/2020, 1:30 PM EST


Ahead of his fight with Yoel Romero at UFC 248, Israel Adesanya appeared on ESPN’s Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. Adesanya spoke on numerous topics, including his relationship with Darren Till.

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After failing to capture the title at welterweight, Darren “The Gorilla” Till made a move up to middleweight. Till was always too big for welterweight so a move to middleweight was inevitable. In his middleweight debut, he fought a top middleweight contender, Kelvin Gastelum.

Although Till beat Gastelum, the real highlight of the night happened outside the octagon. As Till was getting ready to enter the octagon, Israel Adesanya can be seen checking out Till.

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What followed was a series of tweets and exchanges between the two. Both men developed a friendship of some sort. Till even texted Adesanya to hand over the middleweight championship for Christmas.

Israel Adesanya opens up on his relationship with Darren Till

Adesanya and Till appear to be on good terms. However, Adesanya told Helwani that Till is on his hit list as well. He said he has fought friends before.

He said, “I’d fight my grandmother but she’s dead.”

“Eventually some of these guys are going to get hit. Whether you are a buddy or an enemy, beef or no beef or vegan or whatever. At the end of the day, everyone’s gonna get it.”

Adesanya expressed his desire to fight everyone. He even mentioned Jared Cannonier.

“I know they want what I have. I’m no stupid. I have been here before. I have seen this shit happen before. I have been betrayed before.”

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A potential bout between Adesanya and Till could be huge for the MMA fans. Both men are elite strikers in the division. Adesanya can quickly read his opponents and pull off some of the slickest counters you can see. Whereas Darren Till decimates his opponents with his constant forward pressure.

However, Adesanya has a huge challenge ahead in the form of Romero. Romero is an excellent wrestler with dangerous power. Conquering him will be a difficult task for Adesanya.

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Should Adesanya beat Romero in his upcoming match, would you like to see him fight Darren Till next?

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