Israel Adesanya started off 2019 the exact way he started off 2018 and ended it. With a win.
Adesanya fought in the main event of UFC 234 in which he defeated Anderson Silva by unanimous decision. With the win, he remains undefeated in MMA and improved to 5-0 inside the Octagon. Although Adesanya couldn’t get the finish over Silva, he looked impressive in the fight.
Following the fight though, Chris Weidman called Adesanya ‘overrated’ which he didn’t seem to agree.
“Chris Weidman, I’m overrated, but why?” Adesanya asked on The MMA Hour. “Because he beat Silva a little more handily than me? Overrated? Interesting. I can say the same thing about him, heavily. When I get this belt in my next fight, they can all line up and they can find out how overrated I am. Chris Weidman, that’s his opinion. But, I don’t have to pay attention. But, overrated is interesting.”
Meanwhile, another middleweight who is calling out Adesanya is Paulo Costa. Costa, like Adesanya, is considered the future of the middleweight division, given both are top prospects. However, Costa believes if they were to fight, Adesanya wouldn’t even last two rounds, in which Adesanya disagreed with that, also.
“Now, the juice monkey Paula,” Adesanya said. “Paula, a bitch. What did he say? See, the fight between me and Silva was physical chess on the highest level of striking. If you’re not about footwork, man, it was beautiful to watch. A guy like Paula, he’s a walking punching bag. He’s juiced up, blown up and throws body shots heavy, heavy. Bring that ass over here and I will test him.
“Uriah Hall was jabbing him up, how the f*ck is he going to hit me with those T-Rex arms? If I’m behind those jabs, things that follow up will be much, much different. A guy like that should just focus on what he gots next in Yoel Romero,”
For now, Adesanya’s next fight may very well be for the title shot. As for Weidman, he is still injured, while Costa will have his toughest fight to date when he takes on Yoel Romero.