Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya created a lot of hype even before his UFC debut. However, his popularity just exploded after his knockout of Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221. He is now all set to face fellow UFC prospect Marvin Vettori. While Adesanya has a very unique style of fighting, fans and pundits alike have still been comparing him to one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, Jon “Bones” Jones. “The Last Stylebender” has now responded to all such comparisons.
Adesanya was recently in conversation with MMA Junkie. He talked about his comparisons with Jones and also revealed what made him agree to fight Vettori. Here’s what he had to say:
Don’t expect anything from me in life. Expect the unexpected, because a lot of people might be expecting like, ‘He’s gonna do this, he’s gonna try and do that, he’s gonna be this guy.’ But I’m me, you know?
I might be feeling different on that day. I might be dark on that day. I might not even talk. I might just chill, or I might be real bubbly. I might give you guys a whole song and dance an everything. But, yeah, just expect the unexpected. Always expect me to bring my best when I’m in that cage.
For me, it’s not about Jon Jones, it’s just, I mean, I feel like it’s disrespectful to compare me or what I’ve done throughout my career to someone else – whether it be Anderson (Silva), Conor (McGregor), Chael (Sonnen), whoever. I just feel I’m not the next blah blah blah. I’m the first me, and the one and only me. So people need to get used to it.
The comparison’s cool, but it’s not really cool.
I was in the MGM (after UFC 219), walking through, and I happened to see Marvin and his crew walking through, as well, Out of respect, I was like, ‘Hey, good fight.’ And he just kind of gave me this weird look, and I just didn’t like the energy. I was like, ‘What the f*ck?’
You can read the full interview here.