Israel Adesanya put up an interesting display of skill and striking against Anderson Silva last Saturday. Even after getting tagged a few times, he managed to get his name on the exclusive list of fighters that have defeated the “Spider”.
However, Adesanya’s impressive performance has garnered surprising comments from his fellow middleweights. Former champion Chris Weidman tweeted that he found Adesanya “a tad bit overrated”.
Adesanya just a tad bit overrated
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) February 10, 2019
Rising Brazilian middleweight contender Paulo Costa tweeted that Adesanya would not last two rounds with him.
This scrawny clown @styleblender would not survive for 2 rounds with me. He does not convince me definitely! My focus is total on Romero in April.
— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) February 10, 2019
Adesanya, who was naturally annoyed with such comments, appeared on the recent episode of The MMA Hour and gave a fitting reply to his critics. “Have you ever seen me, Luke, talk sh-t about someone after their fight?” the fighter known as “The Last Stylebender” asked host Luke Thomas. “They’re trying to get some shine because I’m the guy in the spotlight.”
“I didn’t pay any mind to Chris Weidman [saying] I’m overrated,” Adesanya aded. “OK, why, because he beat Silva a little bit more handily than I did? You know. I’m overrated. Interesting. I could say the same thing about him. Heavily. Yeah, When I get this belt in my next fight, they can all line up and they can find out how overrated I am. And Chris Weidman, that’s his opinion, that’s his opinion, and I don’t have to pay any attention to it. But yeah, overrated, that’s interesting. Hmmm.”
It was then Costa’s turn to be at the receiving end of “The Style Bender’s” verbal onslaught.
“Now, what’s his name, little juice monkey, Paula,” Adesanya said. “Paula. My b-tch. What did he say again? He said something about I wouldn’t last two rounds with him. See he, Silva, that fight with me and him was just physical chess. Was the highest level of striking. It was just, if you know about footwork, intricacies of footwork, it was beautiful to watch. For a guy like Paula, he’s a walking punching bag, walking punching bag, juiced up, blown up and throws body shots and heavy, heavy, heavy. Bring that ass over here.”
“Uriah Hall was just jabbing him up,” Adesanya said. “How the f*ck are you going to hit me with those little T-Rex arms. If I’m behind those jabs, the things that I follow up will be much, much different, so, yeah. A guy like that he should just focus on his fight he’s got next Yoel Romero and yeah, let them talk.”
Adesanya has accepted the fact that his in ring performances will certainly garner attention. However, he believes in letting his performance do the talking.
I don’t give a f-ck about what these guys are doing,” Adesanya said. “I just give a f-ck about me. And anytime I do something, any time I breathe. These guys tweet, say something stupid.”