Israel Adesanya is the next big thing and is being touted to even be the “next Anderson Silva” by many fans and pundits alike. Adesanya at UFC 234 defeated Silva himself via a rather comfortable unanimous decision. There was plenty of respect between Silva and Adesanya before and even after the fight. Silva too later stated in the post fight press conference that Adesanya is an “amazing talent”.
While speaking to the media in the post fight press conference, Silva stated that Adesanya is amazingly talented and also revealed that he told Israel to “keep straight and don’t lose your focus”. Here’s what he had to say:
Israel is very fast, he’s young and he has a great future inside the UFC, I talk to Israel about some things, ‘Please, keep straight and don’t lose your focus, because you have amazing talent. Just keep doing.’ Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But I’m very impressed because it was two generations inside the cage. It was a great show for everyone. I’m so happy.
I’m very impressed because Israel gave me a good challenge inside the cage. For a long time I don’t feel the same challenge in my life. I’m very impressed. I respect Israel. He’s a great guy and has a future in this sport and hopefully he comes to fight for the belt and win.