Last Saturday at UFC 230, the UFC’s middleweight division was on display and shined brightly as two of it’s premiere contenders came away with major victories in very impressive fashion.
The pay-per-view portion of the event started off with undefeated phenom Israel Adesanya mowing down fellow middleweight contender Derek Brunson with a vicious first round TKO, then in the co-main event, Jacare Souza came away with a gutsy third round knockout of former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Despite both men giving spectacular showings last weekend, Souza however, seemed not to be too fond of the young Adesanya’s performance.
While speaking with MMA Fighting earlier this week, Souza had under minded the Nigerian striker’s knockout of Derek Brunson as he reminded that he himself has two first round knockouts over wrestling stand out.
“He did a nice job,” The Brazilian said of Adesanya’s victory over Brunson and subsequent calls for a middleweight title shot. “But what he did, I did better, and twice — and I’m not even a striker —, so what he’s saying makes no sense. He’s talking crap.”
“[Adesanya] is good, excellent, has a phenomenal future, is a phenomenal athlete, has a good game,” he added, “But he didn’t impress me, no, because I did better than him. Twice.”
What did you make of the performances from both Israel Adesanya and Jacare Souza at UFC 230?