UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has taken some shots at his former opponents Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori who Israel defeated easily. Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori are scheduled to fight each other next, while breaking down their fight Israel referred to them as his children. Paulo Costa is scheduled to face Marvin Vettori on 23 October 2021 at UFC Fight Night 196. Both the fighters are coming off losses against Israel Adesanya when they fought him for the middleweight championship. Now the duo will face each other and try to secure another shot at the undisputed middleweight championship and fight Israel Adesanya again.
While talking about this fight on his youtube channel Israel Adesanya went all guns blazing on his former opponents. He also stated that both of them have been popped for illegal substances.
“They’ve both been popped for sh*t, that’s right, they’re both juicy boys,” Adesanya said on his YouTube channel (via MMAFighting). “They’ve both been popped, we need that to be known. These people forget so I need to remind people that, yeah, they’re both juicy boys.”
Israel Adesanya praised Vettori for his chin
“Vettori’s biggest weapon is his chin — that blockhead, that f*cking LEGO blockhead,” Adesanya explained. “That’s his biggest weapon in this fight because he can take Costa to deep water by taking punishment, some ‘rope-a-dope sh*t’ without the rope-a-dope, just walking forward and taking punishment. But his body, everybody’s body is suspect. I don’t think anybody’s body can withstand the kind of punishment their head can if you hit them in the right spot. Same with the head, but Vettori’s just got a blockhead.”
“He can take a lot of punishment, I’ll give him that,” Adesanya continued. “I would say his best method of victory is just taking Costa to deep water by grappling him, stalling, and just making him work. But Vettori has to be willing to try and actually do something, rather than just stall.”
Israel Adesanya also gave out a game plan for Paulo Costa on how to beat Marvin. According to Israel, Costa should go for the knockout and try to finish Vettori early in the fight.
“[He’s a] good striker,” Adesanya stated. “Costa’s path to victory in this fight? Get him out early. Do what you did to get to the dance, that got you this far, because you’re not fighting me, you’re fighting Vettori and he’s got sh*t footwork — even worse than you. I feel like Costa can just do what he does: just bull rush him, bulldoze him, but be careful of the takedowns because Vettori’s gonna try that, time that, and take him down.”
In the end, Adesanya stated that he wants the fight to be exciting and wished both the fighter do well, and while saying that he referred to them as his children.
“I just want to see my children so well,” Adesanya said. “I really wish the best for my kids and my kid’s kid, but it ain’t me, though.”
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